In 2015-16 it cost nearly £7 million in the Anglia region clearing up litter and fly-tipped waste.
It was particularly bad in Luton where there were more than 4,500 incidents of illegal rubbish dumping which is a 75% increase in four years.
It cost almost £400,000 to clean up, so on the launch of the Great British Spring Clean, volunteers across the town have been taking part in a Luton-wide litter pick.
- Watch a video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey
Three men have been convicted of causing violence and disorder at the Luton Carnival last year.
Fights broke out in St George's Square on Sunday 29 May, after the carnival had finished.
Four people were taken to hospital with stab wounds and several others were injured.
Nathan Kiasala, 20, and Jason Kiasala, 18, both from Luton, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon, and violent disorder.
Daniel Idiabeta, 19, and also from Luton, was found guilty of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.
They're due to be sentenced on 24 September.
This has been a complex investigation into what was completely unacceptable behaviour.
I hope this sends a stark reminder to others that we will not tolerate those who wish to bring harm to our communities, they will be caught and made to pay for their actions.
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Police are investigating an incident in Luton in which a gun was believed to have been fired.
Police were called to reports of the sound of gunfire in the Biscot Road area of Luton on Friday 17 February.
It’s believed that disorder broke out in Kennington Road before moving to the car park of the Biscot Mill pub. The people involved dispersed before officers arrived.
No-one was believed to be injured in the incident and no arrests have yet been made, however an axe was recovered from the scene.
“We believe that shots were fired during an altercation between a group of men, and we’re appealing for anyone who witnessed the disorder to get in touch.
“We take firearms criminality very seriously and will not tolerate gun crime in our community."
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- Video report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers
Plans have been unveiled for a new £200 million passenger transit system linking Luton Airport with the town's Parkway railway station.
The scheme would enable travel from central London to Luton Airport in just 30 minutes.
Subject to planning permission, work could begin later this year - with the system ready for operation by spring 2021.