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Last Updated: Monday, 23 April 2007, 05:54 GMT 06:54 UK
Fly-tipping spree gives 2m bill
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Fly-tipping cost south and west Wales taxpayers almost 2m in the last financial year, it has been revealed.

Almost 40,000 incidents of the crime were reported in the region between April 2005 and 2006 a Countryside Alliance investigation has shown.

The worst hit area was Cardiff with 14,125 fly tipping incidents at a cost to taxpayers of 662,108.

A Countryside Alliance spokesman said fly tippers were breaking the law and ruining beauty spots.

Other fly-tipping hotspots in south Wales included Caerphilly where 2356 incidents were reported at a cost of 114,461. Carmarthenshire was also hit hard with 791 reports of dumping at a cost of 128,004.

Swansea was second behind Cardiff with 8214 reported incidents of fly-tipping at a cost of 469,483.

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Simon Hart said the illegal dumping of rubbish was a problem across both urban and rural landscapes.

"Many people believe that fly-tipping is something they can get away with and that the victim is faceless - this is nonsense," he said.

Local Authority / Number of incidents / Cost to taxpayer
Cardiff 14,125 662,108
Torfaen 597 28,166
Blaenau Gwent 360 16,235
Bridgend 335 26,478
Caerphilly 2356 114,461
Carmarthenshire 791 128,004
Merthyr Tydfil 646 39,391
Monmouthshire 802 39,041
Neath Port Talbot 1174 90,676
Newport 65 2,973
Pembrokeshire 614 33,650
Rhondda Cynon Taff 3544 181,659
Swansea 8214 469,483
Glamorgan 2499 93,345
Ceredigion 428 19,418
Gwynedd 864 33,990
Powys 815 53,063

"If you fly-tip on private land the owner gets the stress of clearing it up and the bill; if you fly-tip on public land the taxpayer gets the bill; and in both instances, as well as breaking the law, you are ruining the beauty of our countryside for everyone."

The Countryside Alliance's national investigation found there were 2.5 million incidents of unlawful rubbish dumping across the UK in the year to April 2006.

This cost local authorities just under 100m but less than one in 100 cases led to a prosecution.

The results of the investigation were published at the beginning of national fly-tipping awareness week as part of the Countryside Alliance's national 'Fly-tipping - Scrap it' campaign.

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