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Fly-tipping clean up operation in Ceredigion costs £8k

The disused quarry near Llyn Eiddwen before the clear up operation
Image caption The disused quarry near Llyn Eiddwen before the clear up operation

Scrap metal left by fly-tippers near two sites of special interest has been removed at a cost of £8,000 to the tax payer.

Several tonnes of waste was found at a disused quarry near Llyn Eiddwen, close to Tregaron, and the redundant Cymystwyth lead mine, near Aberystwyth.

As part of the clean up operation corrugated iron, barbed wire and car parts were taken away.

Ceredigion council and assembly government funds paid for the clear up.

The council warned fly-tippers they could face fines of up to £50,000 and or imprisonment.

The disused quarry site is near Llyn Eiddwen, which is run by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, is designated a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

'Environmental crime'

Two tonnes of waste at a cost of £3,000 was removed.

Emily Foot of the wildlife trust said: "Clearing the old quarry was deemed a job too massive to complete with volunteers so it had been left on a back burner, until last year, when a chance conversation I had with the Ceredigion Tidy Towns officer, Rachel Mills, provided an opportunity to do something about it."

Cymystwyth lead mine is a scheduled ancient monument and an SSSI, and £5,000 was spent cleaning it up.

The council said it was one of the most important sites of its type in Wales, providing an example of mining heritage in Ceredigion.

The Welsh Assembly Government's Tidy Towns Initiative helped fund both projects with Ceredigion council.

Emma Killian of Fly-tipping Action Wales said: "Fly-tipping is a serious environmental crime which poses a threat to people and wildlife, damages our environment and spoils our enjoyment of our towns and countryside."

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