Mansfield District Council is appealing to residents to hold off having a big clear-out during the coronavirus lockdown following an increase in fly-tipping.
In the district there have been 116 incidents of fly tipping since social distancing measures were put in place on 23 March (up to and including 16 April 2020), up by 19 on the same period last year.
Cllr Amanda Fisher, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Wellbeing, said: "Fly tipping is a criminal offence and I have yet to hear of a good excuse for it. If you must have a clear-out at the moment, please keep your waste at home until charity shops and waste and recycling centres re-open.
"Householders have a duty of care to ensure their waste is disposed of correctly. If you are paying for your waste to be taken away, it is your responsibility to check that the person disposing of your waste has a waste carrier's licence. If you don't and it is your waste that ends up on some country lane, it could be you who ends up with a criminal record for the fly tip."
The council is still clearing fly tips. They can be reported online (opens in new window). It also has mobile CCTV, some that can be used covertly, at fly tip hotspots.