Fly tipping in Balbithan Woods by Kintore sparks outrage

An ‘absolutely appalling’ pile of unrecognized rubbish has been found in Balbithan Woods, near Kintore.

Rubbish left in Balbithan Woods included roofing sheets and black bags.

The waste, consisting of large corrugated iron sheets and construction waste in black bags, was first spotted on Saturday July 23.

Scottish Conservative MP for Aberdeenshire West, Alexander Burnett, said: ‘It is absolutely appalling that someone is using Balbithan Woods as a dumping ground for fly tipping.

“We have seen several shameful incidents like this in Aberdeenshire so far this summer and we must take a stand against those who think this behavior is acceptable.

“Fly tipping is a blight on our beautiful landscape which is marred by these selfish and irresponsible dumping events.”

Those found guilty of flytipping could be fined up to £40,000 and could be jailed for up to a year.

Aberdeenshire Council agreed a new strategy to help tackle fly tipping in May this year.

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “Not only do fly dumps spoil our enjoyment of our countryside, they pose a very serious threat to people, livestock and the wider environment.

“There is absolutely no excuse for fly dumping – it is simply a blatant disregard for the rules, vital safety rules and, in the case of some organized offenders, an opportunity for economic gain.”

“You should always report fly dumps, whether you know who dumped them or not, so they can be removed.

“If you own the land where waste has been dumped, it’s up to you to legally dispose of the mess, but Aberdeenshire Council may still wish to investigate, so you should contact them.”

To report fly tipping in Aberdeenshire, call the Aberdeenshire Council Waste Line on 03456 081207.

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