Householders should not use illegal waste carriers to dump their rubbish and there should be more prosecutions for flytipping say farmers and landowners.

Landowners, farmers and rural businesses that are members of CLA have reported an 200% increase in fly-tipping on private land in just three years.

The organisation is supporting the government's 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: “Fly-tipping is not a victimless crime. Almost two thirds of private rural landowners suffer from repeated fly-tipping 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 fly-tipping 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.”