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Forestry Commission Scotland is calling on members of the public to help combat fly-tippers.
The move comes after Commission staff had to put normal duties on hold to remove 17 televisions that had been dumped up a forest track.
Alastair Smyth for the Commission’s team in Inverness Ross & Skye District, said:
“Fly tipping is an ever present problem but we are upping our efforts to combat it because we’ve had enough of it: it’s hugely frustrating to have, lazy, ignorant people break the law in this way and ruin everyone else’s efforts to look after and enjoy their local woodlands.
“We recently worked with a local community near Culloden Woods to organize a very successful litter pick that transformed the woodland on their doorstep. Yet elsewhere we are finding all manner of rubbish being dumped – from the televisions that had been stripped of copper, to garden refuse. It doesn’t matter if it’s green and biodegradable, it is still illegal to dump it.”
“It is unsustainable and anti-social to the point of being just down right nasty.”
Alastair added that at least one major fly-tipping incident is reported to the Commission’s Smithton office every week, with more going unreported.
“We manage a wide are and can’t be everywhere at once, so we really need the help of members of the public to combat this scourge. We manage the woodlands but they belong to everyone.”
Anyone who witnesses fly-tipping, or who knows who is responsible for fly-tipping should contact Police Scotland, Highland Council’s Waste Management team or call the Dumb Dumpers hotline on 0845 2304090.
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