City sees 40% rise in fly-tipping

Incidents of fly-tipping in Coventry have risen by 40% in a year, council figures show.

 

The number of incidents rose from 3,300 in to more than 4,700 in the last financial year.

 

The council said the rise was exacerbated by a change in legislation and the cost of waste disposal, with scrap metal dealers now "reluctant" to take some kinds of waste.

Savings of £2.5m have recently been made on waste collection, street cleansing and enforcement, with the council moving to fortnightly bin collections.

"The degree to which the saving programmes have increased fly-tipping the city is difficult to quantify," it said, "against a backdrop of increased fly-tipping nationally".

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