Flytipping in Hounslow has reached a record high amid claims the credit crunch may be to blame.
A massive 12,074 incidents were recorded in the borough between April 2007 and March 2008, with cash-strapped residents with less money to spend on waste disposal thought to be choosing to dump their waste.
But taxpayers are being forced to foot the bill and the cost of flytipping has already risen to £116,497 this year so far.
The statistics were compiled by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and released by a national campaign to combat illegal waste dumping.
"Because of the credit crunch, people are looking to dispose of their waste in irresponsible and sometimes illegal ways because they perceive it as being cheaper than hiring a licensed skip," said Mark Attwood, who has organised 'Share-A-Skip' week, which encourages neighbours to share the burden of clearing rubbish.
"But the increase in fly-tipping actually ends up costing our society more because it's the councils that have to clear the waste up, not to mention the environmental damage it creates."
The DEFRA figures show fly-tipping in Hounslow has been gradually getting worse year on year.
Only 5,824 incidents were recorded between April 2004 to March 2005, rising to 7,345 the following year and 8,159 in 2006/7.
Last month a Twickenham resident told www.hounslowchroicle.co.uk how he had reached breaking point because rubbish fly-tipped on land near Ivybridge School was spilling over her garden fence.
Roz Jenkins, a 28-year-old IT worker, said the problem had been getting 'worse and worse' and the pile reached three feet high and 10 feet back.
A Hounslow Council spokemsan said: "We acknowledge that fly-tipping is a problem in Hounslow, but we're tackling the problem through education and enforcement.
"We use domehawk CCTV cameras at hotspot areas, in order to deter illegal dumping and sometimes gather evidence for further action, like prosecution.
"We already help residents that are prepared to take action themselves to clean up their local environment, and the council has worked with a number of local communities to organise and assist with community clean-ups.
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