A MOVE is under way to help transform areas blighted by illegal flytipping.
Zero Waste Scotland is seeking applications for a new £75,000 fund launched by the organisation last week.
Grants of between £500 and £10,000 will be available to community groups, landowners and land managers in Aberdeenshire, who are consistently battling the problem of unlawfully dumped waste, such as furniture, TVs, white goods and garden and commercial waste.
Last year, more than 50 applications were received, with the successful projects awarded grants to clear more than 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.”
Catherine Wilson, Litter and Flytipping Manager for Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We had a huge response from the public following the launch of the fund last year, highlighting just how important it is to continue efforts to address flytipping.
“These grants will help to support those communities and landowners who are willing to take positive action to clean up dumping grounds and take measures to prevent it happening again.
“As we’ve seen from last year’s projects, this money can make a real difference to sites which have been blighted by persistent flytipping.”
Derek Robertson, Keep Scotland Beautiful’s chief executive, said: “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 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.