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Illegal dumping (also known as flytipping) is the illegal deposit of any waste on land that has no licence to accept it. This includes anything from one black bag on the side of the road to ten tonnes of rubble dumped down a quiet lane. Land where illegal dumping takes place can include parks, streets, roads, laybys, verges, beaches, wooded areas, and fields.
What are the types of waste being illegally dumped?
Why is illegal dumping a problem?
Who deals with it?
If you are a householder, you must ensure that all your waste is properly disposed of. This applies to all domestic properties, caravans and residential homes.
People who dump waste illegally can be the subject of a fixed penalty fine of £200, but more serious cases can be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and may incur fines up to £40,000 or even imprisonment.
Advice for businesses
All business have a legal duty to dispose of their waste properly. Please visit our Business Waste page for more information.
If you discover waste dumped illegally:
After you have discovered the waste and done the above, you can then report it to us by completing the Report illegal dumping online form or by using the following methods:
We aim to respond within 24 hours if the items could cause damage to the public, wildlife or the environment. In all other circumstances, we will attend within three working days.
For advice on preventing waste being dumped illegally on your land, please contact us or visit Zero Waste Scotland.
For information on recycling and waste for residents of Fife, please see Household Recycling.