Rising costs blamed on more environmental crimes in Cornwall
Cornwall Council has to deal with more than 1,000 environmental crimes every year according to new figures.
Records indicate that there have been 3,167 environmental crimes between 2009 and 2012.
Offences include abandoned vehicles, fly-tipping, littering, misplaced rubbish and dog-fouling.
Details have also been released for the number of fixed penalty notices issued between 2009 and 2011 as well as the value of fines collected. There were 255 penalties issued resulting in £11,980 being received by the council. Figures for 2011 to 2012 are incomplete.
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The number of abandoned vehicles has been rising over the past few years. In 2009-10 there were 107 while between April and September 2012, there were 391 reported.
There has been a similar picture for fly-tipping with 316 cases between April 2011 and April 2012, while between April and September 2012 there were 213 and the total for the year is expected to top 400.
A report to councillors said: "The explanation for this is thought to be economic, the increase cost of waste disposal and permitting at civic amenity sites being contributing factors."
Figures are also provided for the number of "nuisance vehicles" – those left at the side of the road or advertised for sale on road verges.
In 2011-12 there were 28 cases and between April and September 2012 there were 13.
A pilot project in which "buyer beware" notices were placed on offending vehicles had increased the number of cases recorded. However, it said that recent evidence suggested that the number of nuisance vehicles had reduced as a result of the campaign.
Cornwall Council also keeps records of household rubbish which has been "misplaced or incorrectly presented".
There were 47 cases in 2009-10 but April to September last year saw 80 reports.
The number of dog-fouling incidents has also risen, with 577 cases in 2011-12 compared to 326 in 2010-11, when 94 dog-fouling penalties were issued and 86 were paid – a total of £4,330.