1. ITV Report

What a load of rubbish!

Rubbish dumped in the South Photo: ITV Meridian

New figures released by the GMB union show that councils in the South and South East are dealt with 72,597 cases of fly-tipping last year.

The clean up from dumped rubbish in the region is costing the Environment Agency between £100-150 million pounds a year to clean up.

Southampton City Council dealt with the most number of complaints between 2010-2011, responding to more than 8,000 incidents.

This administration is committed to prosecuting fly-tippers to the fullest extent of the law. Last year the council successfully prosecuted the city's biggest fly-tipper who received a two year prison sentence - one of the longest UK jail sentences ever recorded for the offence.

– Southampton City Council Statement

Officers in Medway dealt with the second highest number of complaints in the South - responding to 3,130 separate incidents. In one case a man was fined nearly three thousand pounds after he dumped mattresses, bedding, doors and furniture outside a British Heart Foundation charity shop in Gillingham.

Figures from the GMB;

  • Southampton (8,708)

  • Medway (3,130)

  • Basingstoke And Deane (2,879)

  • Hastings (2,873)

  • Brighton and Hove (2,227)

  • Reading (2,179)

  • Swale (1,918)

  • Test Valley (1,881)

  • Dartford (1,777)

  • Canterbury (1,685)

  • Portsmouth (1,649)

  • Crawley (1,367)

  • West Berkshire (1,196)

  • Tandridge (1,181)

  • Guildford (1,131)

  • New Forest (981)

  • Maidstone (931)

  • Winchester (912)

  • Havant (898)

  • Ashford (876)

  • Woking (876)

  • Gravesham (856)

  • Thanet (835)

  • Eastbourne (831)

  • Oxford (820).