Fly-tippers who leave councils and landowners with multi-million clean-up bills now risk losing their vehicles if they are caught dumping waste.
A new law came into force this week which will allow police and local authorities to seize vehicles and send them to the crusher.
In the year to April 2014, local authorities in England spent £45.2million of council taxpayers’ cash cleaning up fly-tipped waste, but private landowners are forking out between £50million and £150million a year to tackle the problem.
The tough new law is backed by thousands of farmers, landowners and rural businesses across the region who are represented by the Country Landowners’ Association (CLA).
CLA East regional director Ben Underwood said: “The CLA has been calling for fly-tippers to be dealt with more robustly for years.
“This change in the law to make it easier for authorities to seize fly-tippers’ vehicles is an important step towards tackling a serious issue for landowners.
“The main thrust here is to disrupt persistent offenders and those taking payments to dispose of waste and then just dumping it in the countryside – leaving landowners liable for prosecution if they do not deal with it.
“We will continue our campaign calling for the police and councils to treat the catching of offenders as a local priority.”