A north-east council today urged the public to help clamp down on fly-tipping.
Latest figures released by Aberdeenshire Council show there were 719 instances of illegal rubbish dumps last year – a rate of almost two per day.
Construction and building waste, along with bulky household items such as fridges, sofas and washing machines, account for almost a third of what is abandoned.
There were 523 reports of abandoned vehicles across the region. There were also 63 instances of tyres being dumped.
Council leaders say the issue is particularly problematic around areas like Stonehaven, Ellon and Inverurie.
Buchan is the worst affected area and Peterhead the worst affected town, with 99 instances, including the illegal dumping of asbestos, building waste and bulky household items.
All areas of Aberdeenshire are affected however, with the Kincardine and Mearns area seeing 40 instances of building or construction waste flytipping in 12 months.
In Banff and Buchan, Fraserburgh was the most blighted by the problem – with 47 instances of illegal dumping, featuring all sorts of materials.
Cllr Peter Argyle, chairman of the council’s infrastructure services committee, said: “Anyone who thinks fly-tipping is acceptable in their, or anyone else’s community, needs to have a bit of a look at themselves and ask why they don’t use proper means to deal with their waste.”