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MSP Alexander Burnett has called for tougher penalties on those illegally dumping rubbish in the north-east as almost 3800 incidents of fly-tipping were reported last year.

Aberdeenshire Council was called to clean-up 825 instances of fly-tipping, Moray had to deal with 256 reports and Aberdeen City Council 2717 incidents.

Of the three councils, only Aberdeenshire could reveal any details on the cost of removing the illegal dumping.

The local authority said fly-tipping incidents are cleared along with other materials such as bulky uplifts which it has had to allocate £2,756,500 towards for 2022/23.

Calls have been made to introduce tougher penalties for fly-tipping.

It comes as only one in six reported fly-tipping cases in Scotland have been prosecuted since 2016/17.

Mr Burnett, the Scottish Conservative MSP for Aberdeenshire West, has supported a bill from his party colleague MSP Murdo Fraser which seeks to increase sanctions for fly-tipping.

These include lifting the current fixed-penalty notice of £200, improving data collection of incidents and ensuring the person whose land the waste is disposed on is not responsible for its removal.

The Member’s Bill, which has secured the support of key stakeholders such as NFU Scotland and Scottish Land and Estates, is set to come before parliament.

Mr Burnett said: “These figures show we are seeing a tsunami of appalling fly-tipping incidents across the north-east which are going unpunished.

“Fly-tipping is a scourge on our beautiful landscape which is being blighted by these selfish and irresponsible instances of dumping.

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“The illegal dumping of materials such as plastics and other waste can end up in watercourses and clog drains.

“It is the public, landowners and our local authorities such as Aberdeenshire Council who are left to pick up the pieces from these selfish individuals who think it’s acceptable to tarnish our environment.

“That is exactly why I support my party’s bill to change the law in Scotland so that tougher punishments are put in place to crack down on fly-tipping.”

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