Fly-tipping hotspot cleared with 230 tonnes of waste removed

Some of the illegally dumped waste had been at the site for around 15 years.

Fly-tipping hotspot in Perth cleared of 230 tonnes of rubbish after 15 years Perth and Kinross Council

A disused piece of land plagued by fly-tipping has had over 230 tonnes of illegally-dumped rubbish removed, with some waste having been there for 15 years.

Rubbish on land at Lower Friarton, on the banks of the River Tay in Perth, amounting to 230 tonnes has been cleared in a joint clean-up by Perth and Kinross Council, Scottish Water, SEPA and Tay Salmon Fisheries.

The spot, notorious for fly-tipping, was cleared in a three-day operation with some of the waste believed to have been at the site for around 15 years.

The council said the problem was “getting out of control” with walls and fences to be erected around the site to discourage fly-tipping.

Mobile cameras will also be installed in an attempt to catch fly-tippers in the act.

Councillor Grant Laing, said: “This area has been an eyesore for some time, and so I am very glad that this partnership effort has got the site cleared.

“Rubbish and waste was being dumped right at the edge of the river and so it was posing an environmental risk.

“We estimate that some of the illegally dumped waste had been there for around 15 years, and the fact we took away over 200 tonnes showed the scale of the problem.

The site on the banks of the River Tay has been cleared at Lower Friarton.Perth and Kinross Council

“We hope the additional work we will carry out down at the site will prevent the problem reoccurring.

“Mobile cameras have been installed that will catch anyone who dumps illegally, so anyone planning to fly-tip at the site should think again.

“People who illegally dump rubbish in Perth and Kinross should know that we will investigate them, gather evidence and prosecute them whenever possible.

“Fly-tippers can end up with a £500 fine and in serious cases they will end up in court with a criminal record.

“There is absolutely no excuse for fly-tipping. Perth & Kinross provides several ways to get rid of bulky waste, including at our recycling centres and through special waste uplifts.”

Alex Macaskill, SEPA unit manager Falkirk, Alloa, Stirling and Perth, said: “Illegal operators often hide what they plan to do with waste they collect, which can lead to fly-tipping like we’ve seen at Friarton.

“This partnership approach helped tackle the issue here, but the first line of defence is stopping criminals getting their hands on waste in the first place.

“Services that sound too good to be true often are – and could lead to your waste being illegally fly-tipped. If you’re planning a clear-out, you can help tackle waste crime by refusing to engage the services of people that are not authorised.

“Don’t entrust your waste to someone if they are unable to tell you basic information like their SEPA waste carrier registration number and the named site they are taking the waste to.

“Remember, if they dispose of it illegally and we can trace the waste back to you – you can be held to account and prosecuted or fined as well. 

“A legitimate operator should be able to tell you their SEPA waste carrier licence number and the exact location your waste will be taken to. If they won’t provide those two pieces of information don’t give them your waste.”

A spokesperson for Scottish Water added: “Illegal and irresponsible fly-tipping at this site has been a concern for a number of years, not least for our colleagues travelling to and from Perth waste water treatment works as they too often had to navigate dumped items and broken glass spilling onto the road.

“This is a good example of what can be achieved through collaborating with our partners, transforming the site into a cleaner, safer space for wider community and environmental benefit.

“We hope it encourages people to take pride in Perth and use the correct facilities to dispose safely of waste.”

Cases of fly-tipping can be reported to the council for investigation by calling 01738 476476, by emailing or by visiting the council’s website.

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