This is an article for Seaside News
Figures published by StatsWales reveal that the number of fly-tipping incidents in Bridgend rose from 684 in 2011-12 to 1,086 in 2014-15, an increase of 58%.
Fly-tipping is a blight on our local communities. Not only is it unsightly, but dumped rubbish can be hazardous, either because of what has been thrown away, or because of attracting vermin, who may bring disease in their wake.
Children are particularly vulnerable, as they may be attracted to play in such locations without realising the dangers.
People who dump rubbish are selfish, anti-social individuals who care nothing for their neighbours, or for the local environment, and do it to save a little money. Cowboy builders in particular, who dump rubble, radiators and the like, need to be identified and taken to court.
Obviously, the Council must do more to catch and prosecute fly-tippers, but it also needs to consider if its own policies are contributing to the problem.
Charging for the removal of bulky household items may seem sensible at first sight, but if the Council is having to pay out more to remove illegally dumped rubbish then the charge will soon become counter-productive if fly-tipping carries on rising at this rate.