Farmers and landowners need better protection against fly-tipping, according to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
Fly-tipping incidents in England have risen 16 percent over the couple of years.
CLA East regional director Ben Underwood said the new figures would be of real concern to the organisation’s members and advocated a revision to the law concerning the responsibility of individuals to clear away waste fly-tipped on their property.
He said: “The fly-tipping problem in this country is, regretfully, getting worse.
“However, owners of land or property are still liable for any waste that is fly-tipped on their land and can be prosecuted if they do not clear it away. On average it costs £800 to clear up each incidence of non-toxic fly-tipped waste on private land, and it costs the rural business sector up to £150 million in clean-up costs every year.
“This is inherently unfair and the CLA has put forward proposals for changes to the law which would provide better protection for private property owners who become victims of fly tipping through no fault of their own.”