Landowners are calling on the courts to make seizure of vehicles the default penalty for fly-tipping.
The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, has launched a five-point action plan that it believes should be adopted to tackle the blight of fly-tipping.
The organisation quotes Defra figures from earlier in the year to claim current deterrents are inadequate: out of 936,000 fly-tipping incidents last year, only 129 vehicles were seized and, out of 2,135 prosecutions, only 77 fines above £1,000 were imposed.
It is also calling for the greater use of fines for home and business owners whose waste is fly-tipped along with the appointment of a ‘fly-tipping tsar’ to co-ordinate with national agencies.
The CLA also proposes developing new ways to clear up affected sites; support for victims so that private landowners are not liable for the costs; educating the public; and working in partnership to help reduce waste crime through best practice.
President Ross Murray said: “Fly-tipping is not a victimless crime. Private landowners are fed up of clearing away other people’s rubbish and paying for the privilege. If they don’t act, they risk prosecution for illegal storage of waste which is simply not fair.
“We need to see tougher penalties which act as a true deterrent. Seizing vehicles involved in fly-tipping, and imposing and enforcing penalties which better reflect the seriousness of the crime, is vital.
“Only through co-ordinated and collective effort can we push back against this scourge that is damaging our countryside and the rural economy.”