AUGUST 21, 2009: More than 94 per cent of private landowners have been victim to fly-tipping, according to a new survey.

However, these statistics do not form part of the national picture as government only records rubbish dumped illegally on public land. The NFU, which has joined forces with industry partners to get fly-tipping on private land recorded, is currently carrying out trails with farmers in the West Midlands to record incidents of illegally dumped rubbish. Project partner the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is also piloting similar initiatives in the North West. Depending on the success of the trials, it is hoped to roll out the project across the country. Partner organisation the Environment Agency says half of local landowners surveyed say that illegally dumped waste has become a significant concern – with some experiencing more than 100 separate incidents.