Charges for bulky item collections and waste restrictions introduced by Labour have led to a massive increase in Cardiff fly-tipping, the city's Liberal Democrat opposition has said.
Official figures released this week show a 59% increase in fly-tipping during 2015-16, with a total of 6,214 incidences recorded. Clearing fly-tipping cost Cardiff Council over £410,000 last year, nearly a quarter of all money spent on fly-tipping in Wales.
Measures put in place by the previous Lib Dem-led administration secured year-on-year decreases in recorded fly-tipping. Since Labour's waste changes took hold fly-tipping has rocketed.
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Cllr Elizabeth Clark, Cardiff Liberal Democrat waste spokesperson, said:
“Everyone knows that Cardiff's streets have got messier since Labour moved into County Hall, but these disgraceful figures just confirm it.
“If Labour had taken our advice and stopped charging for all bulky item collections, our roadsides and green areas wouldn't be in such a state.
“While the council's latest move to collect some items for free is a clear victory for Lib Dem campaigning, it won't solve these issues. Nearly two-thirds of all fly-tipping last year was ordinary household waste – obviously a result of the way Labour restricted the amount of waste households put out in special bags or smaller bins.
“Labour's waste meddling has left our city in a mess and until the council goes back to collecting all bulky items for free, Cardiff will just get messier and messier.”