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Welsh Assembly tackle fly-tipping

The Welsh Assembly Government is to launch a £176,000 'Pride In Our Communities' initiative, aimed at tackling fly-tipping and dealing with offenders.

The money will help the Environment Agency to launch the campaign and enforcement bodies in dealing with fly-tipping.

Minister for Environment, Planning and Countryside Carwyn Jones said: "Fly-tipping is not only illegal, but spoils the communities and countryside affected. It cannot, and will not be, tolerated. Anyone who sees any illegal tipping of waste should contact the Environment Agency."

The project will tackle the issue at local community level, and is aimed at gaining wider awareness of the problems created by the illegal activity.

The Assembly believe that a rise in landfill tax will increase the temptation for businesses to fly-tip, as well as putting their own land at risk from such activity.

The money is allocated under the first phase of the £9.5 million Materials Action Programme (MAP) for Welsh businesses, which will run for three years until 2008.

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