Household items were found to have been dumped on the C77 road between Galashiels and Lauder

Anyone caught flytipping could face a fine of up to £40,000 or six months imprisonment, with Scottish Borders Council and Police Scotland warning they will proactively pursue flytippers. It follows the discovery of household items dumped alongside the C77 road between Galashiels and Lauder this week.

Members of the public can play their part in protecting the environment by reporting any incidents of illegal dumping on publicly owned land to the Council on 0300 100 1800 or www.scotborders.gov.uk/neighbourhoodservices. If you suspect anyone of dumping on privately owned land, contact Dumb Dumpers helpline on 08452 30 40 90 or report it online at www.dumbdumpers.org. Reports can also be made to Police Scotland on 101 or via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

Local Area Commander, Chief Inspector Stuart Reid, said: “Flytipping will not be tolerated in the Scottish Borders and where necessary we will assist our partners at Scottish Borders Council to ensure that anyone found doing this will be dealt with accordingly.”

SBC Chief Executive Tracey Logan added: “Flytipping is irresponsible and those carrying out such acts are damaging the Scottish Borders. We know this is a challenging time with a number of restrictions in place but there is no excuse for flytipping which not only causes harm to our local environment, but puts our staff who need to pick it up at risk. Households should continue to use our kerbside recycling and general waste services, which we have prioritised at this time. Our recycling centres are currently closed due to government guidance but will be reopened as soon as possible once the current restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, our website has lots of waste and recycling information and advice for residents.”

Please visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.

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