Commercial waste being dumped on Edinburgh street 'utterly unacceptable' says local councillor

Excessive waste from a trade person has been dumped on a residential street in the Capital in yet another incident of fly tipping.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 7:00 am

A white truck was photographed dumping trade waste on the Richmond Terrace around 11:30 on Monday.

The pictures were then shared on social media.

Local councillor Ashley Graczyk also posted the picture saying that the incident, along with the vehicle number plate had been reported to the council.

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She commented: “It is utterly unacceptable for trades people to illegally fly tip their commercial waste outside our homes or dump them in our household bins, leaving residents with nowhere to dump their household waste.

"This is becoming an increasing problem in Gorgie Dalry.

“It is the law that trade waste must be collected by a licensed waste carrier.

"This is called their duty of care (a legal responsibility).

"Commercial waste must not be disposed in household bins or on our streets.

"Trades people risk being prosecuted if they do not comply with their duty of care.

“As part of the Keep Gorgie Clean campaign, we have been encouraging the public to report illegal fly tipping and take photos (when safe to do so) for the City of Edinburgh Council as evidence.

"We want to send a clear message to any fly tippers, that illegal fly tipping will not be tolerated, have some respect and comply with your duty of care because Gorgie Dalry is our home.”

This is another incident in a spate of fly tipping across the city.

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Environment Convener, said: “It’s always really disappointing to see flytipping spoiling our beautiful city.

"The selfish actions of a few can really affect those living in a local community and there’s no excuse for it.

"Whenever there is sufficient evidence to identify who has fly tipped, we will take enforcement action against them.

"We have a simple booking system for residents to access our Household Waste Recycling centres and a special uplift service that costs only £5 per item to legally dispose of unwanted bulky household waste.

“You can report fly tipping to us and on the Zero Waste Scotland website.”

To report an incident of fly tipping, visit the Edinburgh City Council website here.

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