A new £75,000 fund was launched today by Zero Waste Scotland, to help transform local areas blighted by illegal flytipping. With littering of the countryside a major and increasingly confrontational issue in Argyll, this could not be better timed.
Applications to the fund are now invited.
Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available to community groups, landowners and land managers in the Argyll and Bute 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 deadline for applications is 31 August 2012. Applications to the fund can be made online here.
The scheme is administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland, with support from the Scottish Flytipping Forum.
John Semple, Argyll and Bute Council’s Lead Councillor for Energy, the Environment, Development, Infrastructure and Tourism, says:
‘Argyll and Bute has some of the best scenery in Scotland of which we should all be proud. It is very important that we protect the environment and maintain its natural beauty.
‘Flytipping is a serious environmental crime which can be dangerous to people and wildlife as well as blighting the landscape. Any initiative which helps to reduce this menace is to be welcomed.
‘I would encourage all groups in Argyll and Bute with ideas about how to prevent flytipping to apply to the Keep Scotland Beautiful Flytipping Small Grants Scheme and help to keep our communities clean, safe and beautiful.’
Catherine Wilson, Litter and Flytipping Manager for Zero Waste Scotland says:
‘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, and we look forward to welcoming applications from communities across Scotland.’