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  Fly-tipping: Asbestos rubbish dumping in Wales hits 10-year high

Fly-tipping: Asbestos rubbish dumping in Wales hits 10-year high

1 December 2017 Email this article

The number of incidents of asbestos fly-tipping in Wales hit a 10-year high last year, new figures have shown.

In 2016-2017, 270 cases of asbestos fly-tipping were recorded, up from 172 the year before - a 57% increase.

Merthyr Tydfil had the highest overall fly-tipping rate with one incident for every 30 people, compared to one incident for every 735 in Wrexham.

Natural Resources Wales said it was "vital people are aware of their responsibilities".

Fly-tipping hit its highest rate since 2010-11 with people mainly dumping waste along highways or on footpaths, often amounts that would fill a car boot or a small van.

Rebecca Favager, NRW's waste manager said: "Understanding and complying with the duty of care is key to stopping waste getting into the hands of illegal waste operators and can result in public money being saved, less damage to the environment and protection for operators who do comply with the law."