Efforts to prevent illegal flytipping receive a £75,000 cash boost

Clean-up operations are set to take place across the country as Zero Waste Scotland awards £75,000 to clear illegally dumped waste and introduce new measures to prevent further flytipping in future.

24 Oct 12

A wide range of projects will be funded, including the clearance of agricultural waste from the largest sand dune system in mainland Argyll, restoration of a Scout hut in Dalry to its former glory as a community resource, and clearing the way to create an outdoor classroom for Arbroath High School.

The funding has been awarded from a Flytipping Small Grants Scheme, which is administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland, with support from the Scottish Flytipping Forum.

It follows the success of last year’s fund, which saw 127 tonnes of waste removed from 21 problem sites across the country, as well as introducing preventative measures such as installing signs, access barriers, and awareness campaigns. 

Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Flytipping Forum are holding a free Flytipping Seminar today (October 24) at Stirling Management Centre, with the aim of celebrating and sharing best practice.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

"Communities and landowners play a vital role in our efforts to tackle the unacceptable impact of illegally dumped waste. This cash will help boost local efforts to restore beauty spots and community facilities in ways that prevent flytipping happening again. Although the legal responsibility for maintaining land sits with landowners we can all work together to end the pointless, selfish blight on our land that flytipping creates.”

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to support local authorities and landowners across Scotland to take steps to clean up the area and introduce measures to prevent illegal flytipping happening here again.

“Putting an end to this eyesore will help to highlight the value of discarded resources which could otherwise be recycled, as well as making the community a nicer place to live.

“As we’ve seen from last year’s projects, this money can make a real difference to sites which have been blighted by persistent flytipping, and we look forward to seeing the end results for local communities this year too.”

Carole Noble, Head of Operations at Keep Scotland Beautiful welcomed the awarding of this year’s flytipping grants.  She said:

“We hope that the grants awarded will help encourage communities and land owners blighted by flytipping across Scotland to continue to stand up to the crime.  With 62,000 incidents of flytipping reported each year, removing it and preventing it happening in an area again is a huge challenge.

“These grants will help to raise awareness of the issue of flytipping and hopefully encourage other communities to help make the activity socially unacceptable; as a first step members of the public can report incidents of flytipping to the Scottish Flytipping Forum’ Dumb Dumpers hotline on 08452 30 40 90 or at www.dumbdumpers.org.uk.”

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