Rubbish is illegally dumped somewhere in England every 35 seconds, according to new figures published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. And authorities are spending an astonishing £100 a minute to clear up the mess.
Trying to catch those responsible for fly tipping is never easy, as they often use the cover of darkness to leave the mess. But new technology from a Midlands-based company is being brought into the battle.
In the past, councils trying to combat the problem have successfully installed hard-wired CCTV but this has only been possible in a limited number of installations as there can be many drawbacks with using this method.
Mike Langley, sales and marketing director at BOX telematics in Coleshill said: "The first major hurdle to overcome is often the lack of a mains power supply - by their very nature fly tipping sites are often remote and this often means a power supply cannot be found nearby.
"There is also the added drawback of outlay and the management of a system. Purchasing a CCTV system can cost thousands of pounds and the management of the system can also be costly in both man hours and physical cost.
"But these obstacles will no longer prevent fly tippers from being caught red- handed thanks to a new and dynamic wireless CCTV technology from BOX telematics - secureBOX. Not only does the system have the capability of running on a battery but it can be either purchased, or rented to suit requirements.
"Rentals can be from as little as a month or a full year, all depending on the application.
The team at secureBOX will also manage the deployment and monitoring of the equipment, allowing customers to monitor multiple sites at different times - getting the most out of the system and being able to move from site to site at speed to beat the fly tippers at their own game.
"Removing these two fundamental issues means that customers now have a good chance of gaining valuable evidence to prosecute,'' said Mike.
Already one council in the West Midlands can see the potential of this new technology and will be trialling the system.
BOX telematics claims it has produced a covert system which is so versatile it can be fitted anywhere without a wired connection - and can be made to blend in with surroundings, making it difficult for fly tippers to detect.
The link from secureBOX is then made to an alarm receiving centre, a laptop or even a mobile phone where alarms can be immediately sent.
The alarm events are captured on CCTV and recorded in digital quality locally - customers, security firms and police can also remotely view them in real time across a mobile phone network connection - making each event verifiable so the necessary and immediate action can be taken.
It is possible to set a threshold barrier around the selected space, known as a geo-fence, and when that is broken, an immediate alarm will be sent in a matter of a few seconds across the mobile phone networks.
Another benefit of the wirefree connection is that it is simple to move around, making hot-spots of criminal activity like fly tipping easy to monitor.
More information can be found at boxtelematics.com