Confor supports new law to tackle the scourge of fly-tipping

23 August 2021

Confor has welcomed a new initiative aimed at cracking down on fly-tipping in Scotland.

Scottish Conservative Murdo Fraser MSP is proposing new legislation that modernises existing laws to ensure that victims of fly-tipping do not find themselves liable for the costs of cleaning up the mess left by the anti-social actions of others.

Instead, it will place a strict liability on the part of the generator of waste, to ensure that it is properly disposed of.  The proposed legislation will also look at the levels of penalties which can be imposed. Currently local authorities are able to impose a  £200 fixed penalty fine but it is not clear that this acts as a sufficient deterrent against fly-tipping.