Residents are becoming concerned at the level of illegal dumping during lockdown after trolleys full of rubbish have started appearing.
People living in the Lliswerry area of Newport have raised the issue after a number of incidents of fly-tipping were recorded in the past few weeks.
Pictures taken show shopping trolleys full of black bags, prams, clothes and other rubbish strewn around streets in the area.
Newport council reopened its recycling centre in May, but it is only open via appointment, and some residents fear this has led to increased incidents of fly-tipping in the area, many of which have been reported to the council for removal.
One resident, Bev Reardon, has been living in Lliswerry for most of her life and said fly-tipping was becoming a “huge issue.”
“We’ve been living here 38 years and it’s always been a problem but it’s gotten worse.
“I was walking by the Pontfaen shops this morning and there were clothes, black bags, everything just piled up on the side of the road.
“If you drive around the area, wherever you go you’ll see the black bags and trolleys everywhere – on the road, in the reens, near Glan Llyn, they’re just floating in the water.”
Bev Reardon said residents had contacted the council over the issue on a number of occasions.
Ms Reardon said: “It’s upsetting as a resident that people think they can just leave their rubbish anywhere.
“I think the tip being only open to appointments is definitely a contributing factor.
“People have been at home for four months, doing DIY, doing up parts of their house, and it’s all been adding up.”
She added: “I am sure it’s only a handful of them, it’s not everyone, but it’s not right. We hear about cameras and things to catch people, but no one ever seems to be picked up.
“I think there needs to be more CCTV and strategically placed bins and skips. Then, people won’t have an excuse to fly tip.
Newport City Council said it did not record fly-tipping incidents by ward area, so was not be able to confirm if it had increased in a particular ward in comparison to others.