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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 March, 2005, 21:43 GMT
Worry over increase in flytipping
Rubbish dumped illegally
It costs local authorities about 100 per minute to clear up
There have been more than 13,000 incidents of flytipping in the South West, in just six months of last year, according to new research.

The information comes from Flycapture, a national multi-agency database.

It was set up by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Environment Agency and the Local Government Association.

The research by Flycapture shows that rubbish is illegally dumped somewhere in England every 35 seconds.

Flycapture gathers details of all flytipping incidents reported and dealt with by the environment agency and local authorities.

The cost to local authorities in the South West is 100 per minute to clear up the rubbish.

The government is using the information to enforce flytipping regulations and to try to prevent future incidents.


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