AN investigation has been launched after vast swathes of rubbish were dumped in woodlands just off a main route out of Edinburgh.
Shocking pictures show piles of waste – including planks, building insulation, cardboard and plastic – strewn across green space at The Wisp.
Now council officials have launched a probe to track down the culprits following a spate of similar incidents in the area.
It is understood investigations are focused on a builder or builders who may have carried out work at a number of Edinburgh properties and venues – including Tian Tian Seafood Harbour in Dundee Street.
Last week, we revealed unauthorised builders at Tian Tian were ordered to immediately halt construction work after they smashed a hole into the wall of a neighbouring stairwell.
Mike Bridgman, who represents the area around Craigmillar, urged residents to get in touch with the police and council officials if they spotted flytipping taking place.
He said: “It’s a blight on all our lives because these people just don’t want to pay the fees to dump their rubbish.
“You have to catch them in the act or have someone take down a note of their registration number. It’s a crime, it’s breaking the law. This is down to an individual’s conscience. It only takes a minority to spoil it for everyone.”
He said the illegal dumping of waste was “rife” across the city, but posed a particular problem around open roads in quieter areas, such as The Wisp.
He added: “I would suspect that this person is doing it late at night, when it’s quiet.”
Photos taken by the Evening News show smashed-up furniture and building materials dumped at the side of the road – some of it showing signs of having been partially burnt.
The council said it could potentially take legal action if the culprits are traced.
Flytippers face a fixed penalty notice of £200 – with those who don’t pay risking prosecution and a fine of up to £40,000.
Figures show tackling littering and flytipping costs the government and local authorities at least £53 million each year.
A council spokeswoman said: “The council is currently investigating a number of flytipping incidents in the south-east of the city. Flytipping is unacceptable and we are using local intelligence, information from residents and recording equipment to help identify perpetrators who will face fines, if not legal action.”
Tian Tian Seafood Harbour could not be reached for comment.