Landowners have been warned to brace themselves for a surge in fly-tipping as the summer holidays get under way.
The Country Land and Business Association said an increase in DIY and gardening over the summer months leads to an increase in fly-tipping, and urged landowners and farmers to be vigilant.
Sylvia Hull, CLA East Midlands regional officer, said most farmers get fly-tipped with household rubbish and garden waste.
And while harsh penalties for fly-tipping had been introduced – including fines of up to £50,000 or a prison sentence of up to five years – it was up to farmers to clear waste dumped on their property,
“If it is not on a public highway and it is on private property, then it is up to you to get rid of it,” she said.
“If it is in our countryside then it is spoiling our local areas and the views we all enjoy, so it is a really important thing to stamp it out.
“Even if you are not a member of the CLA but you own or manage land, you can report fly-tipping to us.”
Incidences of fly-tipping in your area can be reported here.