Tayside councils work together to combat fly-tipping

Published on Monday 11 October 2021

We're teaming up with Perth & Kinross and Dundee City councils to tackle the scourge of fly-tipping.

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish and people caught fly-tipping can face anything from a £200 fixed penalty to a fine of £40,000 if prosecuted.

Fly-tipping is not just unsightly, it poses a threat to wildlife, pets and livestock and pollutes the environment.

It also costs councils, landowners and farmers thousands of pounds each year to clean up.

Cllr Mark Salmond, our Convener for Communities and Finance, said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the overwhelming majority of our law-abiding citizens that dispose of their waste and unwanted items responsibly.

“But, like every other authority area, we do endure the consequences of some illegal dumb dumpers. Please don’t support this type of criminal behaviour and remember to check that any waste collector that you engage the services of is registered with SEPA and that your waste is disposed of properly. You can also take your bulky waste to a recycling centre or use our excellent bulky uplift service.”

Perth & Kinross Council Environment and Infrastructure Convener, Cllr Angus Forbes said: “Fly-tipping is a serious crime that harms the environment.

“If you hire a waste collector, please make sure they are registered with SEPA. It is your responsibility to make sure waste is disposed of properly and if this doesn’t happen then it could be you that ends up fined. Your waste is your responsibility.”

The three Tayside councils are working together on a new campaign encouraging residents to make sure they dispose of their waste properly and not to get taken in by rogue traders.

Dundee City Council’s Neighbourhood Services Convener, Cllr Anne Rendall said: “Rogue traders have looked to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for their own gain, these unscrupulous individuals have used social media advertising and door-to-door marketing to make money by offering to collect and dispose of items from households and illegally dump them in the surrounding area.

“We are asking householders to take care when choosing a carrier to dispose of their waste and to make sure they are legitimate and will dispose of their waste in a legal, safe and sustainable way.

“Reputable traders will always be able to show that they have a licence to dispose of your waste properly. You should never feel intimidated to ask to see their licence.”

If you have items  you  want rid of but can’t fit them in your wheelie bins there are three options for responsible disposal:

  • Good quality items can be donated to local reuse organisations or can be sold on sites like Facebook marketplace or Gumtree 
  • Household waste can also be disposed of for free at your local recycling centre. Check with your council for opening times and advice on using vans or trailers.
  • You can also arrange a special collection from the kerbside for bulky items. Again, check your council over what can be collected and the cost involved.

Businesses must pay for the disposal of commercial waste, whether through kerbside collections or at a recycling centre.

Private contractors can also provide collection services but please check if they are registered with SEPA as a waste carrier and ask for a receipt showing what was collected, the date and where your waste is going.

This will protect you in case your waste is illegally dumped.

All reputable collectors will be happy to provide this information. If they refuse do not allow them to take your waste as it may be fly-tipped, and you could be the one fined as a result.

If you do come across fly-tipping, please report it so it can be cleaned up as soon as possible.

You can report any incidents or information in Angus using the online form which is available through our flytipping webpage. In Perth and Kinross this can be done through MyPKC and also online in Dundee