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Wales' worst fly-tipping hotspots revealed by new figures

Rubbish dumped in Merthyr Tydfil. Credit: ITV CYMRU WALES

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.

Every Local Authority in Wales provides comprehensive services for collecting household material from the kerbside. 50% of the material we put into black bags is recyclable and we’d encourage people to use the fantastic facilities we have here in Wales to recycle as much as possible. Every Council in Wales also provides facilities for the free deposit of black bag waste.

– Welsh Government spokesperson