Coronavirus Reducing Pollution

Tackling flytipping during coronavirus waste disruption

24 APR 20 | 2 minute read

As we are all spending more time at home, we might take the opportunity to spring clean our house or garden and as a result may have additional waste or large bulky items that we would normally take to a Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC).

In response to coronavirus, recycling centres, community recycling points and charity shops across Scotland had to close, to protect public health. 
 
Unfortunately, the impact of this has already led to an increase in flytipping across the country. Flytipping is a crime and presents a hazard to people and the environment. Not only that, at a time when local authority resources are stretched, being asked to deal with flytipping could threaten the availability of services to other areas of the community in need of support.
 
If you see evidence of flytipping you can report it online using the Dumb Dumpers form or directly to your local authority. 

From 1 June, local authorities will start to reopen some recycling centres to help manage the safe disposal of excess waste and recyclable items. However if you can continue to store items safely at home until full services resume, please do so. 

Please do not accept offers of disposal from companies unless you know where it is going to end up. We all have a legal responsibility to ensure only licensed professionals handle our waste.  Before accepting offers of disposal, please ask two important questions:

  • Do you have a Waste Carriers Registration? - If yes, check the number on the waste carriers register to make sure
  • Where are you taking my waste? – This should be a licensed named facility that is authorised to take the waste, not just “a yard”


If you have any questions, hopefully we’ll have answered them on our FAQs page. You’ll find some handy tips below. Most importantly, thank you for not flytipping and doing your part by protecting Scotland’s environment and supporting our local authorities.

Flytipping is a crime and presents a hazard to people and the environment. Not only that, at a time when local authority resources are stretched, being asked to deal with fly tipping could really threaten the availability of services to other areas of the community in need of support.

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