Applications are being invited for a new £75,000 fund, launched by Zero Waste Scotland, to help transform local areas blighted by illegal flytipping.
Grants of between £500 and £10,000 will be available to community groups, landowners and land managers in the Aberdeenshire area, who are consistently battling the problem of unlawfully dumped waste, such as furniture, TVs, white goods and garden and commercial waste.
Last year, over 50 applications were received, with the successful projects awarded grants to clear over 127 tonnes of waste from 21 problem sites across Scotland. As well as funding the clean-up, a range of measures were put in place, including fencing, barriers and site signage to help prevent future flytipping and protect the environment.
The scheme is administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland, with support from the Scottish Flytipping Forum, and the deadline for applications is August 31.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Councillor Peter Argyle, said: “Flytipping in any part of Aberdeenshire is completely unacceptable. We should take pride in the outstanding beauty of the landscape in Aberdeenshire and I would urge people who are experiencing fly tipping issues to take advantage of this scheme to ensure that we keep the area looking as good as possible for residents and visitors alike.”
Vice-chair of the Committee, Councillor Alan Buchan, added: “We are privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the world and it is very upsetting to see any instance of flytipping.
“Initiatives such as this gives people the resources they need in order to tackle this problem and I am pleased to see it return for another year.”
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful said:“As Scotland’s charity for the environment Keep Scotland Beautiful is pleased to support Zero Waste Scotland with this work to tackle the very real damage done to communities by the indiscriminate flytipping of waste. We encourage communities across Scotland to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the fund to improve their local environment.”
Applications to the fund can be made at http://www.dumbdumpers.org/smallgrantscheme