EXCESSIVE charges for waste removal are being blamed on a threefold increase in fly-tipping in the borough over the last three years.
Figures released by Hounslow Council as a result of a request made by the Chronicle under the Freedom of Information Act, show a rise from 895 incidents in 2007 to 2,052 in 2009.
The statistics relate to flytipping in the Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth, Hounslow, Heston and Feltham areas.
Vanessa Smith, of Crane Avenue, Isleworth, blames the high charge of disposing of some waste legally. She said: "These events cannot be entirely unconnected with the council's policy of charging for the removal of household items.
"Obviously it doesn't excuse people because if you have got a brain you go along to the tip, but not everybody is in a position to do that.
"It really needs to be a fairly nominal charge. It now costs £25, which is a hell of a lot."
The worst hit area is Hounslow itself, where items were dumped 224 times in 2007, on 403 occasions the following year, and a whopping 641 times in 2009.
Brentford was one of the least affected areas, with the number of incidents starting at 81 in 2007 and climbing to 159 in 2009.
Across the same area, the number of incidents of dumped rubbish fell from 1,367 in 2007 to 495 in 2009.
Instances of graffiti dropped from 775 in 2007 to 680 last year.
The only area bucking the trend was Feltham, Bedfont and Hanworth, with a rise from 195 graffiti incidents three years ago to 322 in 2009.
A council spokesman said: "Tidy Town has always been a chargeable service and the price has been fixed at £25 since 2005.
"Some changes were introduced in April 2008 to make the service operate more efficiently and reduce abuse by landlords.
"These charges are less than some of our nearest neighbours.
"Residents on low incomes can still claim a free collection every year."
He added: "Companies are also legally required to offer a take back service when new white goods are delivered."