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 try an alternative.
What does one reporter say to another? If you are looking for someone to make a stupid comment about an issue ring CWaC council :)
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A comment by Sky reader 'apache2009' sums up the issue.
"The comment by David Lennon of Cheshire West and Chester Council, !I don't think increased prices should give anyone a reason to fly tip" says it all really.
Councils seem to believe they can increase charges by 100%, or more, and people will simply say, OK we don't mind.
GET REAL! Most people have a finite amount of money to spend and are likely to have far more important things to spend their money on (such as feeding their children, and keeping a roof over their heads) than on tipping charges.
I forcast fly-tipping will increase exponentially unless there is a reversal of these ridiculous charges.
How much does it cost to clear up after fly tippers? I suspect a lot more than would have been raised if the rubbish had been disposed of "legally", so the system is inherently flawed and self-defeating."