New strategy launched to tackle flytipping

FINES for flytipping have been doubled, as part of a new Scots strategy designed to eliminate flytipping and reduce littering, insodoing increasing the amount of recycling.

The strategy – covering the next six years – has been launched by the Scottish Government, with fines for flytipping to be increased to £500.

Other measures of the strategy include:

  • The introduction of new powers to impose a fine on the registered keeper of a vehicle from which a littering offence is committed;
  • A new, national online ‘litter hub’ to provide information, advice and support to community groups and other relevant local organisations on tackling litter and littering behaviour;
  • Dedicated support for private landowners, including funding for trials, to help deter and deal with flytipping affecting their land; and
  • Increased action to detect and disrupt flytippers, especially unregistered waste carriers advertising online, such as proactive engagement with online platforms and dedicated SEPA activity to tackle rogue operators.

It is estimated (here) that it costs Scots local authorities £48m a year to deal with litter and £12.7m to tackle flytipping.

Says the Scottish Government, here: “The strategy has been developed in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, following engagement with other key partners and stakeholders, including local authorities and landowners, and has been informed by responses to consultations.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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