Figures have revealed the scale of fly-tipping in some of Wales biggest dumping hotspots.

Flintshire (31%), Merthyr Tydfil (28%) and Neath Port Talbot (26%) saw a significant increase in fly-tipping incidents between April 2018 and March 2019.

71% of fly-tipping incidents in Wales for the time period involved household waste and it is estimated to have cost £1.7 million to clear.

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71%

of fly-tipping incidents involved household waste.

35,076 fly-tipping incidents were reported in Wales in 2018-19. This is a 1% drop on the previous year and is overall the lowest since 2014-15.

Latest figures show there was mixed success in cracking down on culprits as 11 Welsh local authorities reported a decrease and 11 others reported an increase.

The biggest decrease in fly-tipping was in Denbighshire where there was a 45% reduction.

There were also considerable decreases in Ceredigion (35%), Gwynedd (30%) and Monmouthshire (29%).

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In September large piles of discarded furniture and other household waste were found at Y Domen Fawr summit, Blaenau Gwent in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable. While we welcome the reduction, we all need to take responsibility for waste and ensure it doesn’t become a problem to our environment. This includes carefully checking who waste is passed on to, to ensure it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.

Welsh Government spokesperson