FARMERS and landowners fed up with flytipping are calling for a concerted campaign to educate householders not to use illegal waste carriers and more prosecutions to act as a stronger deterrent.

The CLA has responded to a government consultation on ways to tackle crime and duty of care in the waste sector.

The organisation says its members reported a 200 per cent increase in flytipping on private land in just three years and is supporting the government proposal to introduce fixed penalty notices for householders who do not dispose of their waste through proper legal channels.

CLA legal adviser Andrew Gillet said: “Flytipping is not a victimless crime.

“Almost two thirds of private rural landowners suffer from repeated flytipping incidents and are fed up with clearing away other people’s rubbish and paying for the privilege.

“Introducing a fixed penalty notice for householders who pass their waste on to unauthorised waste carriers would be a useful deterrent.

“However, to really tackle the crime, raising awareness of the risks of being caught and bringing forward more prosecutions are the right methods that will bring about a real change in behaviour.

“Without better understanding from the public and the right legal deterrents in place, fly-tipping will continue to increase exponentially and further blight the countryside.”

The CLA also proposes that victims of flytipping on private land should be allowed to dispose of the illegal waste free of charge at local tips.

Mr Gillett said: “It is a complete injustice that private landowners who experience fly-tipping are then subject to becoming a criminal themselves if they do not clear up and pay for the mess to be disposed of.

“If they must clear it up themselves they should not be charged for disposing of it legally.”