Shameless fly-tipper caught chucking rubbish out of his van on busy roadside

A brazen fly-tipper stops by the side of a busy road and chucks rubbish out of his van.

A stunned driver filmed the act from his parked lorry.

The offender hauled wooden rubbish from the back of his van and dumped it on the side of a layby.

The cam footage was taken on the A428, between Cambridge and Coventry.

Meanwhile, 33,000 mattresses – as high as 20 Empire State buildings if stacked up – were illegally dumped in England last year.

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Councils want mattress manufacturers to be forced to recycle their products and offer take-back services.

The Local Government Association said fly-tipping is costing taxpayers £60million a year to clear up the mess left on roadsides and in public areas.

An LGA analysis of industry figures showed annual UK mattress sales of 7.26 million, but with only 1.36 million recycled.

LGA environment spokesman David Renard said: "Dumped mattresses made up a quarter of all fly-tipping incidents in some areas in the past five years.

"Unwanted mattresses are fuelling landfill costs which continue to rise, putting pressure on waste and recycling centres which councils are working hard to keep open.

"Mattresses are bulky and hard to throw away, but are generally recyclable. Manufacturers need to take responsibility for the life cycle of their mattresses and help councils and consumers dispose of them responsibly," he said.

He said the measures would reduce mattresses being dumped illegally and contributing to a fly-tipping bill of nearly £60 million a year for taxpayers in England.

"Fly-tipping is an illegal and inexcusable blight on society. Offenders need to be given bigger fines and councils need adequate funding to investigate incidents," he urged.

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