NFU Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) are jointly reminding the public and businesses of their responsibility to not fly-tip in Scotland’s countryside.
The call comes after a spate of incidents, including meat waste from a processing plant being dumped in a burn.
Many land-based businesses have reported more cases of rubbish being left by the public and a significant spike in cases of fly-tipping of domestic and commercial waste on rural land.
Despite household waste recycling centres reopening in June, this scourge continues to blight the countryside.
In one incident two tonnes of rotting meat were dumped in a Lanarkshire burn and the farmer had to pay £2,000 to clear it up.
The union and SLE have written to the Scottish government setting out suggested measures targeted at clamping down on fly-tipping.
These would tighten householder responsibility, increase penalties for offenders and offer better protection and support for land-holders who are victims of fly-tipping.
With the easing of lockdown measures also chiming with the busy summer holiday period, the organisations are encouraging people to enjoy the countryside responsibly and with respect as a working landscape and environment.
They support Zero Waste Scotland’s Scotland Is Stunning – Let’s Keep It That Way campaign which encourages the public to enjoy the great outdoors responsibly by using bins or taking litter home. In a joint statement they said: “It’s frustrating and heartbreaking for the people who work on the land when it is abused by an irresponsible minority who leave rubbish or deliberately and illegally dump rubbish and waste on farmland and estates.”