There are over 60,000 incidents of flytipping reported each year in Scotland, costing over £8.9 million of public money to clear up. 

Tackling the problem is central to the ethos of a zero waste society as there is significant potential to reuse or recycle these materials before they become waste.

Flytipping represents waste that is disposed of illegally and irresponsibly and can include anything from a single black bag of household waste to large volumes of waste such as tyres and construction waste. 

We are currently piloting and developing a national reporting system for use by practitioners to record and map incidents of flytipping to help establish baseline data for flytipping in Scotland and also help develop effective prevention and enforcement interventions at both local and national levels. 

By developing a strong evidence base, we will be able to develop solutions that will help to influence the culture and behaviour of those engaged in flytipping. 

Zero Waste Scotland funds and promotes the Dumb Dumpers website which can be used to report flytipping. Dumb Dumpers also includes information and advice for the general public, land owners and businesses, about how to prevent flytipping and what to do if flytipping is witnessed.

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