Illegal dumping of oil drums – Appeal for information

date03 February 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is appealing for information as part of an investigation into the illegal dumping of oil drums between the A9 and Tibbermore on the outskirts of Perth last week.

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SEPA officers attended the site on 31 January 2014 following a report of fly tipping via the Dumb Dumpers hotline. Officers discovered approximately 90 drums of what appears to be cooking oil, dumped in a verge along the side of the road. The total volume of oil was estimated to be around 400 gallons, some of which had leaked. The majority of oil drums were contained within red and blue cardboard boxes marked "KTC Cooking Oil", while the remaining oil drums were metallic, silver in colour and marked "Brakes". Samples have been taken by SEPA for further analysis.

SEPA would like to encourage anyone who might have noticed suspicious activities in the area, or business owners that recognise the description of the oil drums, to call SEPA's Perth Office on 01738 627989 or the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.

Andrew Simpson, Environment Protection Officer from SEPA, said:

While any form of fly tipping is a serious offence, the reckless dumping of liquids – whether it is cooking oil or chemicals – can have a significant impact on the local environment.

We would strongly encourage anyone who might have been travelling in the area or noticed anything suspicious to get in touch, so that we can find those responsible and hopefully curb the dumping of further waste products in the future. In particular, we would be interested to hear from local businesses that might recognise the oil drums, with a view to identifying the source of the liquid.

Anyone wishing to report further incidents of fly-tipping can do so in confidence by calling the Dumb Dumpers Stop Line on 0845 2 30 40 90.

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