Focus on fly tipping following festive rise

The Council’s Corporate Enforcement Unit has been targeting areas with a historically high level of fly tipping after noticing a sharp increase in fly tipping incidents following the festive period.

During its annual Fly Tipping initiative, the unit carried out car and foot patrols over a three-day period and also looked at all aspects of environmental crime, such as dog fouling. Areas within East Ayrshire that are known hot spots were the main focus of the initiative, and there was a specific emphasis on B roads, public parks and green open spaces.

Five Fixed Penalty Notices were issued over the three days in relation to environmental crime, but several areas were found to have fly tipped items such as beds where no enforcement action could be taken as there was no way to identify who had left them.

Recent months have also seen an increase in the number of householders who have paid cash to someone to take away household waste which has then been fly tipped. If anything found in the waste can lead back to the householder, this can result in them being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for £200.

Residents are being reminded that they should only pay for waste to be removed if the person removing it has a waste carrier licence issued by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA). If they can’t provide that when asked, then don’t let them remove your waste. If they do have a licence, you should also ask for a receipt for their services, and again, if this is refused, then don’t allow them to take away your goods.

All household waste can be taken to the appropriate recycling or cleansing department and disposed of free of charge by householders. If waste is being taken in a hired van or similar vehicle, then this must be booked in 24 hours in advance.

Councillor Eòghann MacColl, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “Although a higher level of fly tipping is usual following the festive period, this year we noticed an increase from previous years which was concerning. Officers therefore visited all the known hot spots and issued two Fixed Penalty Notices to offenders who had been fly tipping. Items that were found, but which had no identifiers, were reported to our Outdoor Amenities section for uplift, so a lot of positive work was carried out over the three days.

“It’s important that we continue to highlight this ongoing issue and to remind people that action will be taken against anyone found to be involved in environmental crime.”

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