Kintyre sets a good example in fight against fly-tipping

Fly-tipping at the illegal Mount Alexander dump site at Camaghael is an on-going issue and has been getting worse. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, NO_F15_MOUNT-ALEXANDER-RUBBISH-01
White goods are among the most commonly fly-tipped items.

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Diligence and a good sense of local community have paid off and Kintyre can report it is in the only one of Argyll and Bute Council’s four areas that has seen a decline in fly-tipping.

Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands saw a drop in calls to the council from 48 to 33 for help to remove fly-tipping between the financial years 2019-20 and 2020-21, the council reports.

The biggest increase in requests was in Oban, Lorn and the Isles, where the figure went from 40 to 57.

Fly-tipping was scrutinised and a report prepared before the 2022 council elections in May.

Councillor Jim Lynch, who chairs the council’s audit and scrutiny committee, said: ‘Management considers that Argyll and Bute Council does not have the increasing issue with fly-tipping that is being experienced by other councils.’

The good news for Argyll and Bute is that waste management is only aware of six incidents during the Covid-19 lockdown period, a time when many councils were inundated.

Reports of fly-tipping are received via the council’s customer service centre and passed to roads and infrastructure services for action.

Wardens investigate the location as soon as possible to avoid escalation; the sight of a pile of rubbish can encourage others to tip there.

Incidents are infrequent and take up a small percentage of the environmental wardens’ time.

The waste dumped is mostly composed of construction materials, tyres, white goods and other larger household items; there can also be seasonal materials such as gardening waste.

Where bins are overflowing and waste is left beside them is also classed as fly-tipping.