A NEW £50,000 fund offering grants of between £500 and £10,000 has been launched by Zero Waste Scotland to help local communities tackle flytipping by providing them with cash to remove dumped waste and take steps to prevent future problems.
Open to community groups, landowners and land managers who are experiencing persistent problems of flytipping, applications to the fund can be made at www.dumbdumpers.org/flytipping with the closing date set as Friday, September 9.
The Flytipping Small Grants Scheme is being run by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland, with support from the Scottish Flytipping Forum.
Catherine Wilson, litter and flytipping manager for Zero Waste Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan, said: “The negative impacts which can be suffered by communities affected by flytipping are huge.
“Our small grants fund is about supporting landowners and community groups who are ready to take forward action to clean up illegal dumping grounds and prevent further problems.
“As well as financial assistance, successful applicants will be given expert advice and support to carry out their project proposals.
“Waste dumped in the wrong place can be hazardous to the public, damage the environment, look unsightly and can discourage business investment into an area.
“With around 2,500 incidents of small to medium scale flytipping reported in Scotland every month, many communities feel the cost of this unnecessary, unlawful activity.”
Len Wyse, executive member for environmental services at Scottish Borders Council, added: “Clearing up flytipping is time consuming and expensive for Scottish Borders Council.
“The cost of dealing with flytipping uses money that could be better used to provide other services for the people of the Borders.
“Zero Waste Scotland’s initiative is therefore welcomed and SBC will be submitting an application for consideration.
“It is a pity that a fund such as this has to be established to deal with the effects of the illegal practice of flytipping which endangers livestock, damages the environment and ruins the beauty of the Borders for local people and visitors, who bring a much-needed boost to the local economy.”
For more detailed information about the criteria for the fund, visit www.dumbdumpers.org/flytipping or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01786 468 788.
All householders in Scotland have access to free waste disposal through their local recycling centres and they can check where the nearest facility is and what waste will be received by logging onto www.sort-it.org.uk.
Members of the public can report flytipping incidents by calling the 24 hour, seven day a week, Dumb Dumpers hotline on 08452 30 40 90.