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Fly-tipping Fund

Temporary funding is available to landowners, communities and individuals across Perth and Kinross who wish to carry out mini-projects to clear fly-tipping from private land and implement preventative actions at each site to resolve the localised problem long-term.

Remember that you have a legal Duty of Care to ensure that your unwanted items are only removed from your property by a licensed waste operator who can legally carry and correctly dispose of waste.  If your items are in good condition, they can be passed on for reuse or unwanted items can either be collected from outside your home via a special uplift or taken to a Recycling Centre.   

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and a serious blight on our countryside; it is unsightly, dangerous to wildlife and causes localised pollution.  Every incident of fly-tipping (on Council-land or on private land) results in an investigation so that evidence can be gathered and shared between Local Authorities, SEPA and Police Scotland.  If someone is found guilty of fly-tipping, they can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 or face prosecution risking a fine of up to £40,000 and imprisonment.  

Who can apply to the Fund?

Any landowner, community or individual(s) who are affected by fly-tipping on non-Council ground or on statutory body ground can apply - you do not have to be a constituted group but you must have access to a bank account where funding can be awarded and where purchases can be paid from. 

What is private land and why is only fly-tipping on private land eligible?

Fly-tipping on Council land is cleared by PKC and householders can report fly-tipped waste via MyPKC. This is a financial burden to the Council so enforcement is taken where evidence is available.    

Fly-tipping on private land is not the responsibility of PKC - it is the responsibility of the landowner. 

Private land includes:

  • Major estates
  • Farms
  • Land owned by organisations such as Forest and Land Scotland

How much funding can I apply for and how many times can I apply?

We anticipate that each application will be in the region of £500 to £1,000 but there is not a minimum limit for funding requests and although the maximum funding award will be £3,000, in exceptional circumstances, a larger award may be made. 

Priority will be given to first time applicants but anyone is welcome to apply multiple times for different locations where a fly-tipping problem exists. 

Funding cannot be awarded in retrospect. 

What can the Fund be used for? 

The aim of the Fund is to provide finance to remove the fly-tipping from the private land and to implement preventative actions to stop the waste being dumped at the site in the future.  The fund cannot only finance one of these elements - it has to be both.  The Fly-tipping Fund can therefore assist with:

  • Immediate disposal costs (including waste disposal charges and skip hire)
  • Preventative actions to resolve the localised problem long-term, e.g. physical barriers (such as fencing), traffic prohibiting measures (such as posts or boulders), a local campaign, signage, CCTV. 

What we can do to help

For help planning your preventative actions, email the Community Waste Advisers or plan ahead for a discussion about your proposals during the application assessment, with the Community Waste Advisers. Once the Community Waste Adviser is content with your plans for preventative actions, you will need to source up to 3 quotes for each action. 

PKC's Waste Services Officers will also work with the landowner(s) to recover any relevant evidence to support further enforcement. 

How to apply

  1. Request a quote for disposal by emailing our Community Waste Advisers
  2. Seek up to 3 quotes per proposed preventative action (such as fencing, CCTV)
  3. Complete the icon Fly-tipping funding application form [180Kb] and return to ZeroWasteCommunity@pkc.gov.uk

For further guidance, download the icon additional information pack [393Kb]

Applications are assessed on a first come, first served basis.  We aim to assess applications and confirm funding decisions within 3 weeks, subject to all the information being submitted with the original application. This allows quick access to funding to help the landowners and communities affected. 

Please remember to submit the following with your application:

  • Written consent from the landowner(s) for the fly-tipping to be removed and the preventative actions to be implemented, including any long-term maintenance commitment for the proposed new infrastructure (e.g. CCTV equipment or fencing)
  • Written support from the Councillors in the area where their project is taking place

If PKC does not have capacity to provide the clean-up/disposal service, private contractors can be used. 

Further information

If you have any other questions regarding the Fly-tipping Fund, please contact Perth & Kinross Council's Waste Services Team.  

Contact details

Waste and recycling

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476