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Meet the teams tackling the rise in fly-tipping in Newcastle

Waste dumped in the west end of Newcastle. Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees

Newcastle City Council says fly-tipping has risen so far, this year, as it braces itself for an increase during the darker, earlier nights.

Bonfire night and Christmas tend to create more illegally dumped waste, as well as providing criminals with extra cover.

Household waste is a common problem. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Environmental officers, from Newcastle City Council, patrol hotspots and search through illegally dumped rubbish to try and identify who's responsible.

They believe a large part of the problem is fake waste disposal firms which take away people's unwanted goods, charges them, and abandons the items in secluded places.

We see vast amounts of rubbish and it costs us around £750,000 a year to remove it. We simply can't afford to do it all the time and it's taking money from other services we'd prefer to be offering."

– Ed Foster, Environment and Public Protection, Newcastle City Council

Councils can issue on-the-spot fines for fly-tipping and have powers to prosecute. It's also been revealed, by the government, that fines for dropping litter are set to increase.