A Perthshire councillor is asking residents to help him track down fly-tippers who are blighting his ward with dumped rubbish.
Carse of Gowrie councillor Angus Forbes is “getting increasingly frustrated” at the volume of fly-tipping beside the A90 near Inchture and is convinced the same people are responsible.
He said three times over the past month a lorry-load of garden waste and rubble has been dumped on the spot.
His call for vigilance comes as Perth and Kinross Council recently announced it is teaming up with Angus and Dundee City councils to tackle the localised fly-tipping scourge.
The new campaign encourages residents to make sure they dispose of their waste properly and not to get taken in by rogue traders.
People caught fly-tipping can face anything from a £200 fixed penalty to a fine of £40,000 if prosecuted.
The practice poses a threat to wildlife, pets and livestock and pollutes the environment.
Cllr Forbes said: “The rubbish leads me to suspect that it’s a garden contractor who has removed shrubbery and slabs and who does not want to pay to have them disposed of legally.
“It is likely that the culprit drives out from Dundee and chooses this site because it’s easily accessible from the A90 but also very quiet with no overlooking houses.
“Technically, this is private land so it is the farmer’s responsibility, but so far, the council have always removed it – whether they will continue to do so is not certain.
“This particular pile has an unusual box in it – an Intempo bluetooth speaker which seems quite unusual and I am sure someone will recognise it.
“I am asking anyone who has employed a contractor recently who recognises this box and the rubbish to get in touch with me in confidence at [email protected] or by phone on 07557811341.
“Fly-tipping is a scourge on our society and it is a problem which seems to be getting worse.
“I’m pleased that my Scottish Conservative colleague, Murdo Fraser MSP is putting together a Members’ Bill on fly-tipping which aims to address various issues, including looking to introduce strict liability for fly-tipping.
“This would address who is responsible for fly-tipping.”