Fly-tipping locations to be taped off as ‘environmental crime scenes’

Glasgow City Council has pledged to tackle 'environmental criminals'.

Fly-tipping locations to be taped off as ‘environmental crime scenes’ Glasgow City Council

Fly-tipping locations are to be taped off as “environmental crime scenes” in Glasgow.

The CSI-style approach is in response to an increase in the problem across the city.

Earlier this month, Glasgow Council leader Susan Aitken rejected claims that the city is “filthy”.

Under the new approach being adopted by the council, fly-tipping locations will be taped off, with notices put in place to make it known that they are aware of the problem.

The council will also ask local residents and businesses to provide them with information so they can track down those responsible.

SNP councillor Anna Richardson insisted that tackling “environmental criminals” has to be a priority.

“There is a deep frustration within communities that a hardcore minority of people continue to trash the city’s environment with fly-tipping,” she said.

“The vast majority of people always dispose of the waste in the right way and treat their surroundings with due care.

“But those who fly-tip have no regard for their environment and have no respect for the concerns of their fellow residents.

“Tackling these environmental criminals has to be a priority and we can do that with the support of affected communities.”

Richardson also explained that enforcement officers will make themselves visible in areas where fly-tippers operate.

She said: “Local residents and businesses see what goes on in their community and that information can lead directly to enforcement action against fly-tippers.

“Our enforcement officers will make themselves known and visible in the areas where fly-tippers operate so we can get to the bottom of who is committing these damaging, environmental crimes.

“With the cooperation of communities and neighbourhoods we can take on those who care only for themselves above the needs of everyone else in the city.”