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S5W-13286: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what support it offers to (a) farmers and (b) landowners to deal with waste illegally dumped on their land and whether it is considering providing additional assistance.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 21 December 2017

The Scottish Government supports action to deter people from flytipping, regardless of whether it is on public or privately-owned land. SEPA and local authorities have powers to fine people who are caught flytipping, with a minimum fixed penalty of £200 up to a maximum fine of £40,000 if prosecuted.

Through Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS), we launched FlyMapper in March 2015 – a new system to record, manage and report flytipping, making it easier to catch offenders and to deal with illegal dumping sites. So, far 27 Local Authorities have registered.

Private land owners, who often include farmers, are responsible for the removal of waste from their land. The guidance ‘Flytipping in Scotland: A Guide To Prevention and Enforcement’ is designed to support local authority and SEPA waste enforcement officers. The guidance recognises that the owners of flytipped land are often the victims of crime. It encourages local authorities and/or SEPA to investigate flytipping on public and private land and to offer assistance, which could include advice to prevent the problem in the future.