Fly-tipping / Illegal Dumping
If you see someone Flytipping:
- Contact the 24 hour, seven day a week dumb dumpers hotline on 08452 30 40 90
- Give the date, time and location of the occurrence
- Describe the waste and give an idea of the quantity
- Give a description of any vehicles involved
- Leave the waste alone as it may be hazardous
Flytipping is estimated to cost the Scottish tax player £11 million each year to clear up, while the average farmer/land manager spends £1,000 per annum clearing private land of dumped waste.
The main source of flytipping is householders, either through dumping their own excess waste or not ensuring that those who do work for them, such as carpet fitters, plumbers and joiners, disposing of waste on their behalf, do so appropriately.
If you are a householder with waste which is bulky and difficult to move or have too many black bags to fit into your bin - you have a number of options for getting rid of it.
- Take your waste to Forthbank Recycling Centre it is free of charge
- Arrange a bulky uplift for a small charge
- Organise an authorized waste carrier with a Waste Carriers Registration Certificate
If you own/manage a business then you are responsible for the disposal of the waste generated by that business. Either:
- establish a trade waste collection agreement with us
- establish a trade waste collection through an authorised private contractor
- buy a tipping ticket and take your waste directly to Forthbank Recycling Centre
Further advice can be found online at;
- The Scottish Business Gateway has valuable information in their Environment and Efficiency section.
- The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) website has information about Registered Waste Carriers.
Remember, if you give your waste to someone who is not authorised, and it ends up being dumped, you could be the one that's prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act (1990).
A fixed penalty notice of £50 can be issued on the spot to people caught flytipping, but if the case is taken to court fines of up to £40,000 can be imposed by a sheriff.
Prevent illegal waste collection by reporting anyone who doesn't produce an appropriate certificate.
What is being done to reduce flytipping?
The Scottish Flytipping Forum represents both those affected by flytipping together with those responsible for the investigation and disposal of the consequences of these incidents. The work of the forum includes: a national database of Flytipping incidents, national awareness campaign, provision of best practise and training for local authority enforcement officers and others.