Horse manure dumping in Dingwall - Appeal for information

date20 May 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is appealing for information as part of an investigation into the dumping of horse manure near the Cromarty Firth.

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A few months ago, approximately a trailer load of horse manure (and other wastes) was found to have been dumped on the foreshore.

SEPA officers attended the site to investigate in response to a complaint from a member of the public, passed via the Highland Council, and witnessed the horse manure following removal of the other wastes.

Alastair Duff, Senior Environment Protection Officer, from SEPA, said:

Dumping horse manure without the appropriate authorisations is illegal and if disposed of incorrectly it can potentially have significant impacts on the water environment.

“Horse manure should be placed where there is no risk of run-off polluting watercourses and disposed of by spreading it on land where it is of agricultural benefit. Alternatively, a registered waste carrier can be used to remove the waste.

“We would advise the public to contact us directly if they have any queries about the proper disposal of horse manure including details of registered waste carriers. If anyone has information about this case we would strongly encourage them to get in touch so that we can find those responsible and prevent this from happening again in the future.”

To report information about this case members of the public can contact SEPA’s Dingwall office on 01349 862021 or the Highland Council Community Services on 01349 886603.

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