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Over £75k committed to clean up Scotland’s dumped waste

Over 20 sites in Scotland blighted by illegal flytipping are to be transformed, thanks to a £76,000 grant programme from Zero Waste Scotland.

18 Oct 11

The original flytipping grant funding pot of £50,000, announced in July, has been increased to £76,000, following a huge response from community groups, landowners and land managers who are continually battling the problem of regular, unlawful flytipping.

From over 50 applications received, the successful projects awarded grants of between £500 and £10,000, will be announced at the Flytipping Seminar, hosted by Zero Waste Scotland in Stirling today.  These projects involve:

  • improving a neglected site in Hopetoun near Edinburgh by creating a mountain bike trail to deter residents from regularly dumping furniture, TVs and white goods;
  • a clean up project on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal at Possilpark to rid the site of a range of domestic and building waste, with new fencing installed to prevent future flytipping;
  • clearing waste and installating of a height barrier to a car park at Elrick Hill a popular destination for walkers and mountain bikers in Aberdeen; and
  • removing dumped garden waste from a lighthouse site on the Isle of Lewis which is having a detrimental effect on local wildlife and vegetation, and improving site signage

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“This is good news for the community groups and landowners who struggle to fix and prevent recurring senseless flytipping problems, as it will help them to take action and provide them with focussed support. ‪

“This enhanced fund will empower communities who want to improve their local environment. While landowners have a legal responsibility to ensure their property is maintained appropriately, we should all continue to work together to stamp out flytipping and put an end to this unnecessary, selfish and costly blight on our landscape.” ‪

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Flytipping is an illegal, selfish and wholly unnecessary activity.  Appropriate disposal facilities exist across Scotland to ensure we can all dispose of our waste in ways which are safe for the local community and the environment.

“Mindless dumping blots the landscape, can be hazardous to the public, and can discourage business investment into an area.  It sees valuable resources which could be recycled go to waste and it creates a problem for someone else to deal with. 

“Our fund will help people clean up their land and, more importantly, support action to prevent further problems.  From Falkirk to Fife, the Borders to Buckhaven, Scottish communities will be improved as a result.”

The Flytipping Small Grants Scheme is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland, with support from the Scottish Flytipping Forum.

For more information on tackling flytipping, visit the Dumb Dumpers website.

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