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Fund to tackle flytipping opens for applications

Is flytipping a problem in your area? A new £75,000 fund to tackle illegal waste dumping has been launched today by Zero Waste Scotland. Grants between £500 and £10,000 are available to community groups, landowners and land managers. Last year over 50 applications to the fund were received, with grants awarded helping to clear 127 tonnes of waste from 21 problem sites.

 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 31 August 2012.

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, and we look forward to welcoming applications from communities across Scotland.”

 Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful said, “As Scotland’s charity for the environment 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 across Scotland 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

 

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