Borderers asked to play their part to tackle flytipping


Published: Friday, 24th April 2020

Anyone caught flytipping could face a fine of up to £40k or six months imprisonment, along with Police Scotland we are warning people that we will proactively pursue flytippers.

It follows the discovery of household items dumped alongside the C77 road between Galashiels and Lauder this week.

Members of the public can play their part in protecting the environment by reporting any incidents of illegal dumping on publicly owned land to us on 0300 100 1800.

If you suspect anyone of dumping on privately owned land, contact Dumb Dumpers helpline on 08452 30 40 90 or report it on their website.

Borderers can also report any incident to Police Scotland on 101 or via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

Chief Inspector Stuart Reid, Local Area Commander

“Flytipping will not be tolerated in the Scottish Borders and where necessary we will assist our partners at Scottish Borders Council to ensure that anyone found doing this will be dealt with accordingly.”

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive

 “Flytipping is irresponsible and those carrying out such acts are damaging the Scottish Borders.      

“We know this is a challenging time with a number of restrictions in place but there is no excuse for flytipping which not only causes harm to our local environment, but puts our staff who need to pick it up at risk.

“Households should continue to use our kerbside recycling and general waste services, which we have prioritised at this time. Our recycling centres are currently closed due to government guidance but will be reopened as soon as possible once the current restrictions are lifted.

“In the meantime, our website has lots of waste and recycling information and advice for residents.”

Further information

The decision to close Community Recycling Centres in the Scottish Borders was made following Scottish and UK government guidance.

Once this guidance is relaxed, we will aim to reopen the recycling centres as soon as possible.

It is expected some temporary restrictions will be in place for members of the public using the sites in the first few weeks to help the recycling centres cope with demand, but this will be communicated to all in advance.

Keep up to date with all of the latest service updates, information and advice on our website.