A FLY-TIPPER has been slapped with a £200 fine after dumping four bin bags full of household rubbish into a nature reserve.
The bags, which were so stuffed with waste that rubbish had spilled out down an embankment and into the stream below, were found abandoned in Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park in Gilmerton earlier this month.
But the bungling culprit – understood to be a local resident – was swiftly tracked down by council environment chiefs after leaving identifying documents inside the bags.
The move comes after the recent Edinburgh People’s Survey found that dog fouling and littering were among residents’ top gripes.
Donald Anderson, chair of the Friends of Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park, said the fine was the second to be dished out in the last few months.
He said: “Litter and dog fouling is a big issue in the park – in fact, it’s the only big problem we have.
“Local residents are increasingly frustrated by people who won’t take responsibility for their litter.
“We recently had another fine of £200 for rubbish dumped in the street over the road from the park.
“It’s good to see there is tough action being taken to stop people dumping their litter in and around the park.
“This is a nature reserve and any dumped rubbish can be a danger to wildlife.
“The more people that can be fined the better, and the more people who will think twice about dumping their rubbish.”
Councillor Keith Robson, who represents Liberton and Gilmerton, was among those who helped track down the person responsible for the dumped rubbish.
He said areas of the park had an ongoing problem with littering – with items as large as old televisions and sofas even found abandoned in the past.
He added: “Hopefully this might deter people from doing the same. There’s no excuse for throwing your rubbish into the nearest field because you can’t be bothered to deal with it.
“The Friends do a fantastic amount of work – there are more animals coming back and more wildlife. The park is looking good and I don’t want it spoiled by other people’s selfishness.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, the city’s environment leader, said: “Fly-tipping is selfish, dangerous and harmful to the local environment.”