England's fly-tipping shame has hit record levels with more than a million illegal dumpings in the last year.
Household rubbish accounted for around two thirds of the 1,002,154 cases recorded by local councils in 2016/2017.
The clean-up operation cost £57.7 million, new figures show – while £16 million was spent on 474,000 enforcement actions.
The 7% increase in fly-tipping is the fourth annual rise in a row but the first time the cases have surpassed a million.
So why are people dumping illegally? The answer is England is island with oppressively high taxes on everything, including trash pick-up. So, what is cheaper:
- Paying to throw you old credenza
- Abandoning it at the side of the ride and possibly pay a fine
Yeap, option is almost always the cheaper option.