Farmers have reported a rise in incidents of fly-tipping during the coronavirus pandemic.
A group of industry bodies, including NFU Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Land and Estates, say the countryside has been blighted with people’s junk in the past few weeks.
In a joint statement, the organisations have issued a warning that fly-tipping is a criminal offence that could carry a fine of up to £40,000.
“At a time when farmers are working around the clock to provide food for the nation and trying to keep their businesses running despite being short-staffed, it is heartbreaking to see their land being used as a giant tip,” said the organisations.
“Fly-tipping is illegal, ugly and dangerous. It can be harmful to lambs, calves and other animals and wildlife too. But for farmers and other landowners, it is also costly to clean up.”
They urged members of the public to help by reporting any instances of fly-tipping online at
or to their local authority.