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The diligence and common sense of the local community has paid off and Kintyre can report that it is the only one of Argyll and Bute council’s four areas that has seen a drop in fly tipping.
Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Isles saw a drop in appeals to the council from 48 to 33 for help removing on-the-fly dumps between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 financial years, the council reports.
The biggest increase in claims was recorded in Oban, Lorn and the Islands, where the figure rose from 40 to 57.
The fly dumps were reviewed and a report was prepared ahead of the 2022 municipal elections in May.
Councilor Jim Lynch, who chairs the council’s audit and oversight committee, said: ‘Management considers that the Argyll and Bute council does not have the growing tipping problem that other councils have.
The good news for Argyll and Bute is waste management is aware of just six incidents during the Covid-19 lockdown period, a time when many councils were inundated.
Reports of on-the-fly spills are received through the council’s customer service center and forwarded to road and infrastructure departments for action.
Guardians investigate the location as soon as possible to prevent an escalation; the sight of a pile of trash can prompt others to dump it.
Incidents are infrequent and occupy only a small percentage of the time of environmental protection officers.
The dumped waste consists mainly of building materials, tires, white goods and other larger household items; there may also be seasonal materials like yard waste.
When garbage cans overflow and waste is left behind, they are also considered fly tipping.