Tip wars: residents banned from using nearest tip

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.