Fly tip­pers move in to area

West Lothian Courier - - News -

West Loth­ian is un­der siege from rogue fly-tip­pers.

Coun­cil of­fi­cials re­port a surge in dump­ing - up by 87 per cent this year - with the bulk of it be­ing trucked in from sur­round­ing ar­eas.

In one of the worst in­ci­dents 50 tyres were dumped.

The in­crease is hap­pen­ing across West Loth­ian but is at its worst on the bor­ders of Ed­in­burgh, North and South La­nark­shire.

Coun­cil­lors of the Liv­ingston South Lo­cal Area Com­mit­tee asked if it was do­mes­tic dump­ing linked to changes in the re­cy­cling cen­tre open­ing times.

NETs of­fi­cials say no and claim it’s all com­mer­cial ‘white year. van man’ and link the in­crease to a tight­en­ing of land­fill reg­u­la­tions and ris­ing costs

faced by small busi­ness to get rid of waste - es­pe­cially con­tam­i­nants like tyres, bat­ter­ies and as­bestos laden builders rub­ble.

At the same time it is get­ting harder to catch the dumpers. They are wise to coun­cil in­ves­ti­ga­tors search­ing rub­bish for clues to own­er­ship and are now fil­ter­ing dump­ing. ev­i­dence adopt­ing loads that other There be­fore dumpers tac­tics is also are in­clud­ing num­ber plates us­ing on false ve­hi­cles to avoid de­tec­tion. This has made it more dif­fi­cult for the coun­cil to trace dumpers and re­port them to the Fis­cal for prose­cu­tion. Fly tip­ping has surged across the UK this yeah.

West Loth­ian Coun­cil is plan­ning a ma­jor cam­paign early in the new year en­list­ing the help of the pub­lic and part­ner agen­cies to clamp down on the dumpers.

A spokes­woman for the Na­tional Farm­ers Union of Scot­land said:“Many of our mem­bers, par­tic­u­larly on the out­skirts of ur­ban ar­eas are blighted by fly tip­ping, a prob­lem which ap­pears to be in­creas­ing sig­nif­i­cantly. The is­sues range from house­hold­ers throw­ing away so­fas and fridges to large-scale com­mer­cial dump­ing and then on to il­le­gal ware­hous­ing of waste which be­comes in­dus­trial scale fly tip­ping. Given the blight that ru­ral crime in gen­eral is plac­ing on our com­mu­ni­ties, NFUS is work­ing closer than ever with lo­cal po­lice forces and other stake hold­ers to com­bat this.”

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