PKC launches temporary Fly-tipping Fund
Perth & Kinross Council has set up a £20,000 fly-tipping fund to help clean up illegally dumped waste.
The money will help support communities affected by fly-tipping on private land during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Anyone found guilty of fly-tipping risks a fine of up to £40,000 and imprisonment.
Landowners, communities or individuals can apply to the fund to help meet the cost of removing fly-tipped waste from their land or to pay for preventative actions that will help stop fly-tipping in the future.
These could include installing physical barriers such as fencing, or putting in measures such as posts or boulders to stop traffic gaining access to land.
Funding could also be used for launching local anti-fly-tipping campaign, signage or CCTV.
It is anticipated most awards will be between £500 and £1,000 although there is no minimum limit for funding requests.
The maximum award will be £3,000 although a larger amount may be granted in exceptional circumstances.
Applications will be processed within three weeks.
Kate Maitland, Regional Manager of NFU Scotland's East Central region, said: "The reckless and unnecessary dumping of waste in our beautiful countryside during the crisis has been incredibly disappointing.
"Given the spike in fly-tipping across the local authority, with numerous reports of incidents from members in recent weeks, we warmly welcome the fund to assist with clean-up operations.
"We all hope the reopening of local authority recycling centres will bring an immediate halt to this blight and that this fund helps restore our beautiful countryside."
A Perth & Kinross Council spokesperson said: "We have introduced the Fly-tipping Fund for a limited period to support communities and landowners at this difficult time and to help build greater public involvement through the provision of support and funding.
"The Funding will empower communities to take a stand against fly-tipping on private land and to assist them in managing the problem. The Waste Services Team can provide advice to landowners on preventative actions and will also work with landowners to recover any relevant evidence to support further enforcement. This will be of great benefit to all those affected by fly-tipping."
To help prevent new cases of fly-tipping, householders are reminded that everyone has a legal Duty of Care to ensure that their unwanted items are only removed from their property by a licensed waste operator (the list can be found online) who can legally carry and correctly dispose of waste.
If items are in good condition, they can be passed on for reuse or unwanted items can either be collected from outside their home via a special uplift or taken to a Recycling Centre.
To find out more about these options or to access the Fly-tipping Fund guidance and application form, please visit the How to help avoid flytipping page