Rise in fly tipping prompts urgent appeal from Aberdeenshire Council

Residents, businesses and commercial waste handlers are being reminded of Aberdeenshire Council’s drop-off facilities in a bid to tackle fly-tipping.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 7:00 am
There as been a rise in the fly-tipping of commercial waste and large-scale deposits of household items.

Extended drop-off services were introduced back in July last year at the council’s three waste transfer stations at Ellon, Macduff and Crow’s Nest, Banchory.

Materials accepted include cardboard, garden waste, rubble, soil, wood, plasterboard and non-recyclable waste. No pre-booking is required for dropping off waste which is accepted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7.30am to 10.30am.

However a rise in the fly-tipping of commercial waste and large-scale deposits of household items has prompted an urgent appeal from the local authority’s waste services.

Aberdeenshire Council waste manager Ros Baxter said: “There is a misconception that the introduction of a booking system at our household recycling centres is somehow to blame for fly-tipping – it is not.

“Booking simply enables any resident of Aberdeenshire to safely visit an HRC at a time of their choosing to deposit domestic waste without having to wait in queues. Similarly, our trade waste centres are easy to access for licensed waste handlers.

“The real issue in Aberdeenshire appears to be in the surge in offers from ‘man-with-a-van’-type collection services which are unlicensed, fail to register for trade waste disposal and will dump any type of waste without questioning the risks that might pose.”

Anyone dealing in with the transportation of commercial, industrial or household waste must register with SEPA. If you don’t, you could face a fine of up to £5,000.

Aberdeenshire Council needs proof to enforce the law on fly-tipping. If you know who dumped the items you can report them - even anonymously - with your evidence.

You should always report fly-tipping, whether you know who dumped it or not, so it can be removed. If you own the land where waste has been dumped, it’s up to you to get rid of the mess legally but Aberdeenshire Council may still wish to investigate so you should contact them.

You can report fly-tipping on 03456 081207 or visit www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/report/report-flytipping/