Report by Mark Gough
Those responsible for clearing up other people's mess say they are now using special boats to get to hard-to-reach parts of the canal network, where people have been dumping their waste.
It's costing thousands of pounds to bring in contractors to move the waste, so they rely on the help of volunteers like Gemma Hessey.
She says keeping on top of the fly-tipping is a constant battle.
The charity say they're taking their boat out up to three times a week on the Walsall canal to collect flytipping.
This is not litter, this is household waste this is coming from someone's where they've got to clear out of a bedroom they've done some refurbishments they're clearing out the garage, this is coming from residents.
The Canal and River Trust have spent almost £30,000 bringing in contractors to help them get to the dumping sites along the canal.
Aaron Atwal from the Trust says, because they are a charity, they can't keep spending this money.
They are telling people to use the waste sites provided by local councils, instead of dumping rubbish in the canals.
"Please take your fridges and freezers and your sofas to the right places.
"The canal is a beautiful place to use, and it's not a fly tip site, so please take it to your local sites where you're supposed to get rid of your rubbish."
Flytipping is a growing problem
In Bordesley Green, next to Adderley Park station, Network Rail say they have removed 8 tonnes of rubbish in the last six months.
In Stoke-on-Trent, the council has recorded a 30% increase in fly-tipping since the first lockdown in March 2020. Other councils in the region, including Coventry and Malvern District, have also seen a big increase.
Councils say data up show they have dealt with nearly one million cases up to March 2020.