A KIRKCALDY residents group is taking action to prevent fly-tipping – by providing skips for use over the Christmas period.
Invertiel Tenants & Residents Association hopes the move, supported by an £889 grant from Zero Waste Scotland, will stop the illegal dumping of waste which has blighted the area over the years.
Sally Walsh, chairman of the association, said: “This is the second time we’ve done something like this. Last year we had skips on two days and they filled up really quickly.
“This year we will have three skips in the Invertiel area from December 21 to 27.
“We’ve had problems with fly-tipping every now and again, probably the same as most areas.
“Hopefully by providing skips for the use of tenants and residents, the association will prevent further fly-tipping happening during the festive period.
“This is an opportunity for the community of Invertiel to work together to make their neighbourhood a better place to live in.”
The most commonly dumped items have been household goods such as mattresses, broken furniture, electrical appliances and bags of rubbish left in alleyways and along Tiel Burn.
The association pointed out much of the material being dumped could be recycled, and encouraged residents to use the skips for other items.
Leaflets highlighting the association’s ‘zero waste’ aims and the locations of the skips are being delivered to homes in the Invertiel area.
Councillor George Kay (SNP, Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy), said: “I am delighted at the initiative shown by Invertiel Tenants & Residents Association.
“Christmas always bring its own problems getting rid of rubbish and the additional funding which the association has obtained should ensure that Invertiel does not only have a happy Christmas, but an environmentally friendly one as well.”
The funding was awarded through the Fly-tipping Small Grants Scheme, which is administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland
Iain Gulland, of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide the Invertiel area with the funding necessary to take this positive action, making the community a nicer place to live.”
Keep Scotland Beautiful is urging members of the public to report incidents of fly-tipping to the Scottish Fly-tipping Forum’s Dumb Dumpers hotline on 08452 30 40 90 or at www.dumbdumpers.org.uk