Clearing it up

On public land, the responsibility for clearing up litter and flytipping lies with the local council. Councils have a duty to clean up the area within a specified time period depending on the type of land on which the waste is situated. To find out more about their duties, see the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse.

Clearing flytipping from private land is the responsibility of the landowner, even if they did not give permission for it to be there.

If you have been a victim of flytipping, you should report the incident to Dumb Dumpers using the stopline or online report form so it can be recorded and investigated if possible.

Your council or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) may be able to advise you about preventative measures or provide other assistance. If the waste is hazardous SEPA will respond within 24 hours and for very high-risk waste, they aim to respond within one hour of it being reported.