Fly-tipping is an increasing problem throughout the Scottish Borders. This is dumped waste on public or private land such as:

  • old furniture
  • household white goods
  • construction debris
  • grass cuttings

Although fly-tipping is illegal, punishable by heavy fines or even imprisonment, people still see this as an acceptable and easy method of waste disposal, despite jeopardising the environment and the obvious risks to both humans and animals.

Report fly-tipping

  • Report any incidents of illegal dumping on publicly owned land to our Neighbourhood Services team online or by calling us on 0300 100 1800.
  • To report dumping on privately owned land, for example farm woodland, contact the National Dumb Dumpers helpline on 0300 777 2292 or report online to Dumb Dumpers.
  • Alternatively you can contact the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) on 01896 754797.

Private Landowners

  • If you own private land where fly-tipping has occurred it is your responsibility to clear-up the area and dispose of waste correctly.
  • Consider limiting vehicle access to sites where fly-tipping regularly occurs.
Report fly-tipping online