Bin collection charges and restrictions to council refuse sites are fuelling fly-tipping in rural beauty spots, the Woodland Trust has said.
The charity revealed it has spent more than £1 million over the last five years removing illegally dumped rubbish ranging from rotting mattresses to defunct fridge freezers.
The Trust was forced to clean up almost 1,300 separate incidents in 2018, a figure it blames partly on increasingly expensive council charges for certain types of waste collection and a lack of access to legitimate tips.
Recent figures show some councils are now charging around £90 a year for garden waste collection.
Meanwhile normal household waste collections – a free statutory right…