There were just under 20,000 fly-tipping incidents in Kent covering 2015 and 2016..
Medway had the highest number of incidents in the region at just over 3,500. In Sussex more than 8.000 incidents were recorded. Nationally there has been a 4% increase, costing the country almost £50 million to clear.
He was once dubbed 'Britain's worst fly-tipper' - and tonight Marcus Bairstow is back behind bars. He was caught yet again dumping tons of other people's rubbish and leaving taxpayers with the clean-up bill.
The 41-year-old from Southampton was previously jailed for two years in 2011 after he left a cemetery strewn with rubbish. This time he was caught tipping truck loads of rubbish in fields and a pub car park. Kerry Swain was in court.
People caught fly-tipping in Reading now face an instant fine of £300.
The Borough Council has welcomed government legislation allowing councils to crackdown on waste crime without resorting to expensive legal action.
Prior to the new rules, people caught dumping up to five bags of rubbish received a fixed penalty notice of £75 for a littering offence. They are now classified as low level fly-tipping offences, allowing councils to set instant fines of between £150 and £400.
Reading Borough Council warns that large scale fly-tippers will still face prosecution in court, up to six months in jail and fines of up to £20,000.
A huge increase in the amount of fly-tipping is being predicted because agreements between councils on where we can dump our rubbish are being scrapped.
It has come about because cash-strapped local authorities are no longer making a contribution to neighbouring councils to maintain waste disposal sites.
It means, for example, that people living in the West Berkshire council area can no longer use the tips in Reading, like Smallmead, which is nearer to their homes. Instead some will have to make round trips of 30 miles or more to Newbury or Padworth. This from Cary Johnston.
A bank worker has appeared in court for his part in one of the worst cases of fly-tipping ever seen. A massive dump, more than half a mile long, at Purfleet in Essex cost well over a hundred thousand pounds to clear up. But Adam Coles didn't dump the rubbish. All he did was hire someone to take it away. Some of the waste found at the site belonged to Mr Coles. But as Tom Savvides reports, the law states it's the job of the householder to make sure the refuse is disposed of properly.
Two people from Kent have been fined more than six thousand pounds for illegally dumping and burning rubbish. Gordon Hedges, who's fifty seven and Peter Spinks, who's 29, were linked to the dumping of waste including aerosols and a fire extinguisher.
A fly-tipper who cost Rother taxpayers hundreds of pounds has been brought to justice.
Luke Lelliot, of Chilean Green, Ninfield, was charged with three counts of fly-tipping and sentenced on April 1 after pleading guilty to the offences.
The 30-year-old was caught after an investigation into piles of rubbish dumped in Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge, and at Upper Wilting Farm in St Leonards-On-Sea in April 2014.
Investigating officers from Rother District Council were able to find evidence within the fly-tipped rubbish that led to the arrest of Lelliot.
Appearing at Hastings Magistrates Court, he was given a 20 week custodial sentence suspended for a year and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.
Fines imposed by the court included £1,186.66 costs awarded to the council and a victim surcharge of £80.
Illegal rubbish, stretching a mile, has been dumped in one of the worst cases of fly-tipping in the south east. Tom Savvides talks to locals in Purfleet and MP Jackie Doyle Price.
It's a sea of rubbish as far as you can see.
For months, land at Cory's Wharf in Purfleet, Thurrock, has been used to dump sofas, mattresses, building materials and household waste.
It's dumping on an industrial scale.
Video filmed by YourThurrock.com shows the full extent of the blight on the landscape.