SEPA monitoring illegal tyre dumping across West of Scotland

  24 July 2020

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is closely monitoring tyre sites and key locations across Glasgow and the West of Scotland this weekend as part of a multi-agency operation with Police Scotland and Glasgow City Council.

The move comes after a week which saw us working with partners including Police Scotland and Glasgow City Council to tackle the illegal dumping of tyres in Dalsetter Avenue.

Following the fire at this illegal dump on Thursday 23 July, we will be deploying resource to monitor both this site and others across Glasgow and the West of Scotland over the weekend and the coming days. We will also be talking to local businesses about properly disposing of waste and carrying out the appropriate checks.   

Illegal dumping happens in both rural and urban areas and clearing it up costs Scottish local authorities millions of pounds each year. It also undermines legitimate waste businesses, where illegal operators undercut those operating within the law.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

“Every day SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment.  Compliance is not optional and tackling illegal waste management activities is one of our major priorities.

“It is a criminal offense to illegally dispose of waste, with firm obligations on the waste producer to ensure their waste is managed by a SEPA registered waste carrier at a fully-licensed site.  In addition, there are significant penalties for traders or business moving or disposing of waste illegally, as well as clean-up costs for landowners whose sites are used for illegal disposal.

“Local communities can help us to end the selfish, criminal flytipping behaviours that blight our land.

“If you suspect flytipping is being carried out, or to report illegal traders, contact the Dumb Dumpers Stopline by completing a form on the website.”

If anyone has information about the fire at Dalsetter Avenue, please contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident number 4005 of 23 July.