William Eichler 13 February 2023

‘Alarming’ figures reveal one third of fly-tipping in Glasgow

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Almost one third of recorded fly-tipping incidents in Scotland last year took place in Glasgow, a freedom of information request has revealed.

Data collected from 30 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities found that there were 60,405 fly-tipping cases recorded in 2022.

The data found that Glasgow City Council accounted for the highest number of these with 19,313 incidents recorded.

The Scottish Conservatives, who carried out the research, described the results of the FOI as ‘alarming’.

‘Fly-tipping creates huge environmental damage across Scotland, which blights the nation’s landscape in both rural and urban areas,’ said Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife Murdo Fraser, whose Member’s Bill on fly-tipping is set to come before the Scottish parliament.

‘The irresponsible, destructive, and criminal dumping of refuse and waste at unauthorised locations leaves landowners and public authorities with the substantial costs of cleaning up.’

Responding to the findings, a spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: ‘There is no excuse for fly-tipping. People have a responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of appropriately at all times, including when that waste is handled by a third party.

‘Fly-tipping is damaging to local environments and places unnecessary demands on the publicly funded services required to clear-up waste dumped in public places.’

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