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Fly tipping costs thousands to clean-up each year, is a blot on the landscape and ruins the environment.

But it is on the increase and Your Local Paper has been contacted by several readers in  recent weeks about the problem of illegally dumped waste in our towns and villages.

Everything from supermarket trolleys in the river to a sofa dumped on the road-side and an entire kitchen on an unadopted road have all been spotted in the last few weeks.

Figures released by the Country Land and Business Association reveal the number of incidents reported has risen by 16 per cent in the last couple of years.

If rubbish is illegally dumped on private property, it is up to the land-owner to clear it and it can cost hundreds of pounds a time.

“I took myself down a right of way at the end of Station Road, Dersingham and was disappointed to see some low-life had dumped a trailer-load of items and garden waste. A leather suite in the dyke and other rubbish on the track. Someone will have seen this stuff being unloaded or even loaded,” said reader Peter Baker.

“When charity shops will collect unwanted, useable furniture, there is no excuse.”

A West Bilney resident contacted Your Local Paper after a huge bag of waste was dumped on an unmade road, completely blocking it.

In Outwell there have been problems on an unadopted lane which recently had an entire fitted kitchen, including appliances, dumped along it.

“It happens quite regularly – everything from tyres to household rubbish or builders’ rubble,” said a resident.

“No-one seems to want to do much about it because the lane is owned by several different people and organisations who don’t even live here. If ownership is unclear then it seems to be a free-for-all,” he said.

Meanwhile a rusting cluster of shopping trollies have been spotted in the bottom of the River Nar in South Lynn.

“When the tide goes out you can count a dozen trollies on the bank. They have been there a long time,” said resident Colleen Carr.

If you have spotted fly-tipped waste in your area then send a picture to Your Local Newspaper for it to be published to highlight the problem. Include all the details and your contact number.

Don’t touch the waste as it may have broken glass or syringes within it.

Large amounts of fly-tipped waste (something that looks like a lorry-load) should be reported to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060. Smaller amounts can be reported to West Norfolk Council on 0500 253 2687 or via the council’s website.

The CLA is campaigning for a law change so  there is zero-tolerance for the crime with repeat offenders having vehicles seized and crushed and on-the-spot fines for those caught tipping household items or rubbish.