Fly-Tipping – Argyll and Bute Council

The community council have met with Derek Matthews, Technical Officer (Bute & Cowal) to do with fly tipping in the area.

Argyll and Bute Council have responded as follows:


Argyll and Bute is a beautiful area and we all have a responsibility to keep it clean. Flytipping is ‘the illegal deposit of any waste into and around street litter bins or onto land, i.e. waste dumped or tipped on a site with no licence to accept waste’.

Waste can include: general household waste; larger domestic items including fridges and mattresses; garden refuse; and commercial waste such as builders’ rubble, clinical waste and tyres.

Flytipping can be dangerous to the public and causes environmental damage.

Littering and flytipping are criminal offences and the council has certain enforcement powers, which we use where we can.

Currently, if caught and convicted, a flytipper could face a £200 on the spot fine and/ or prosecution in court with the consequence of a fine of up to £40,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 12 months.

The council works with partners such as Zero Waste Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful to try and tackle the problem of flytipping.

In terms of specific actions in Lochgoilhead we will be stepping up enforcement patrols and could, in future, remove street litter bins should they continue to be misused as they appear to be attracting general household  waste.

For further reformation contact Derek Matthews on 01369708600

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