Councils’ decisions to shut their tips during the coronavirus lockdown has led to an increase in fly-tipping.
Even more than usual lanes and fields are being used as dumps for unwanted appliances, rubble, wood and old furniture.
This morning tonnes of rubbish was found in laybyes and lanes in and around Hemel Hempstead and Markyate – despite notices warning of fines.
Members of the public can report fly-tipping through the app ClearWaste, organiser Martin Montague said: “I believe it will help people to be aware of their social and legal obligations as well as save local authorities and councils tens of millions of pounds a year.
“We will be lobbying government about increasing fines and custodial sentences for those that continually flout the rules. We want to be able to give all the possible help and support to anyone that wants to get involved. “
Last week four tonnes of rubbish were collected in a council operation along the A41 in Hertfordshire.
Dacorum Borough Council’s Clean, Safe and Green team cleared from over 20 kilometres of the road at a cost of nearly £28,000.