Cash-strapped councils are hiking up prices for bulky waste disposal - with fears it has sparked a rise in fly-tipping.
A survey of 148 council boroughs across the UK reveals the price of skip permits has risen by as much as 650% over the past five years.
Over the past couple of years fly-tipping has fallen in some boroughs but it is predicted to soar again as the increased costs of waste disposal and cost-cutting initiatives have an impact.
Experts suggest there is a direct link between fly-tipping and the cost of waste disposal.
A survey conducted by AnyJunk found skip prices in Bradford rose by 100% between 2009-2010, in Glasgow by 89% and in Bristol and Bath by 67%.
Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: "I don't think increased prices should give anyone a reason to fly-tip.
My comment: Can you imagine a private company saying that increasing their prices should not be an excuse for customers to try an alternative.
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