GDCC Demands Action on Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping on Wardlaw Street in Gorgie. Image credit: GDCC

Gorgie Dalry Community Council have been quoted in an article written by Cllr Ashley Graczyk about fly-tipping in Gorgie/Dalry, as residents become increasingly frustrated with dumping in the area.

In an article for the Edinburgh Reporter, Cllr Ashley Graczyk said,

“We are currently the worst affected area in the city and I am demanding that the Council provides additional resources to tackle this serious issue as a priority. We urgently need more Street Enforcement Officers to report illegal dumping and issue fines, but I have been informed the city-wide team only have 4 officers per day on duty covering 15 wards, which is completely inadequate. We need more regular patrols here and CCTV in the worst affected streets.”

GDCC Community Councillor Laura Wise added,

“It’s just constant. Residents report items to The City of Edinburgh Council for uplift, but as soon as the rubbish is removed someone else comes along and dumps more waste! It’s not unusual for every single bin on my street to have fly tipped rubbish next to it. Offenders are becoming more brazen too: residents have reported seeing people drive up with vans and cars and dump trade waste, furniture, and appliances next to bins in the middle of the day. “We are all doing our best to report it, but it’s become clear that reporting for uplift is no longer enough. We need the City of Edinburgh Council to take action to stop waste from being flytipped in the first place. Gorgie and Dalry is our home, not an open dump for the rest of the city, and residents shouldn’t be left to tackle this alone.” 

This article and other media coverage follows months of action by GDCC to highlight the scale of the problem to the City of Edinburgh Council, through ward walks to report dumped items for uplift, and collecting complaints and reports of fly tipping from local residents on social media. GDCC have also filed a Freedom of Information request with the Council to access data on the number of items reported across the city, broken down by ward.

If residents see fly-tipping, you can report using the information here. Residents can also join the Keep Gorgie Clean campaign, and attend our GDCC December Public Meeting on Monday 7th December at 7pm

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