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Flytipping is the illegal dumping of waste – from a bin bag of household rubbish to large quantities of tyres or construction waste. Flytipping can be found anywhere, from local authority land to roadsides to private land. It is a serious environmental crime which not only blights some of Scotland’s most beautiful attractions.

It is estimated that there are around 60,000 incidents of flytipping each year in Scotland. This not only has resource implications but indicates the scale of illegal waste disposal.

Flytipping is a problem because:

  • it costs millions of pounds every year to investigate and clear up. The cost falls on taxpayers and private landowners;
  • it is not only aesthetically detrimental but it can pose a threat to humans and wildlife, become a fire hazard, damage to our environment; and
  • flytipping activity undermines legitimate waste businesses where illegal operators undercut those operating within the law.


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