Scottish councils now have access to FlyMapper, a free app which allows them to find and tackle fly-tipping black spots.
The app was developed by Glasgow City Council’s fly-tipping rapid response teams, Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) and Flytipping Action Wales.
FlyMapper works by allowing users, such as council workers, to upload information when they are out and about, including photographs. These reports then build up a detailed, localised, visual display and feed into an online map and database, allowing problem areas to be identified and interventions to be targeted.
This gives an accurate picture of the extent of fly-tipping from street level to across the country. The status of each incident can be tracked and all the data is centralised in an easy-to-use website.
Most recent figures estimate that 61,000 items or 26,000 tonnes of goods are fly-tipped every year in Scotland at a cost of £9m a year to clear up.
Willie Wilson, national waste and enforcement operations manager at Sepa said: “We are committed to tackling waste crime, and the Flymapper app will be a valuable addition to the toolbox available to us and our partners to target this social and environmental menace.”
Pictured at the launch of FlyMapper in Glasgow (from left): Iain Gulland, ZWS chief executive; Wilson; and Glasgow councillor Alistair Watson.