The illegal dump that has so much rubbish it can be seen from space

An illegal fly-tipping dumping ground now has so much rubbish it can be seen from space.

The site is littered with household items including sofas, bathtubs, fridges and freezers amongst the mess.

Hundreds of car tyres, piles of clothes, suitcases and doors are scattered across the disused road off the M4 in Newport.

And the site is now so littered pictures of the piles of waste are now visible from satellite on Google Earth.

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Resident Chris Taylor filmed the scale of the rubbish while out on his daily exercise with his family.

He said: "It’s been like this for some time. The frustrating thing about it is the scenery around it is amazing. The cycle path is lovely but then you turn in to this.

"It’s a concern as it is so close to the houses.

"At the end of the road there is an abandoned boat wreckage.

"It doesn’t seem to be very well patrolled.

"As I understand it, it’s been going on for years."

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Newport councillor Allan Morris, who lives nearby the site at Coedkernew, believes rogue waste collectors may be to blame.

He said: "People are accumulating more rubbish because they are at home all the time.

"But unscrupulous people are taking advantage of sensible people staying home because there are fewer eyes on them dumping their unwanted goods.

"If people are paying people to take their stuff away, you should ask for photos of it at its final destination before you part with your money."

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Fly-tipping reporting app ClearWaste said there had been an 88% increase in rubbish dumping since the start of lockdown.

The Welsh Local Government Association said councils had been forced to close recycling centres because of the fear of spreading coronavirus but the decision was being kept "under constant review"

A spokesman said: "We understand that this is a very challenging time for everyone. However, fly-tipping remains entirely unacceptable and is a criminal offence.

"We would urge everyone to act responsibly by storing any waste which isn't suitable for recycling or residual collection until normal service is resumed."