A LEADING organisation has warned there could be a surge in the number of people illegally dumping rubbish around the East Midlands.
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) says the amount of DIY work and gardening that takes place over the summer holidays leads directly to an increase in flytipping.
Sylvia Hull, the CLA’s regional officer, said: “We found the majority of people get flytipped with garden waste and household rubbish, so they have had prams and beds on their property. It is really important that people send that to recycling centres.”
Harsh penalties for flytipping have been introduced, and anyone caught doing it can be hit with a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if the case goes to crown court) or a prison sentence of up to five years.
However, if waste is dumped on your property, it is your responsibility to clear it up.
Sylvia Hull explained: “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. 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.”
She added: “Even if you are not a member of the CLA but you own or manage land, you can report flytipping to us.”
To report flytipping in your area, please visit www.cla.org.uk/in_your_area/