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Fly-tipping cases cut by campaign

Fly-tipping incidents across Derbyshire have fallen by 16% as a result of a crackdown, authority leaders said.

County, city and some district councils recorded 3,006 fewer cases this year after a campaign with the Environment Agency to tackle fly-tipping.

The agency said CCTV, tracking devices and undercover equipment had helped to tackle the problem which cost taxpayers an estimated £900,000 last year.

Critics have said the council should scrap charges for waste collections.

Tim Braund, an environmental health officer for Derbyshire Dales District Council, said it provided a Saturday collection for some goods and only a minority chose to fly-tip.

"There's a huge majority of people who do dispose of their waste in a perfectly responsible and legal manner," he said.

This year, there were 15,646 incidents of fly-tipping across Derbyshire compared with 18,650 in 2008.

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