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Dated: 12 April 2010

Tyre Dumpers to face hard-hitting Crackdown


Many people in Scotland aren’t aware that one of the nation’s biggest environmental problems at present is the illegal dumping of old tyres. The numbers alone show how severe the scale of the fly-tipping has become – it has been estimated that for the last six years, around a million tyres a year have been dumped on wasteland in the Central Belt.
In a bid to stop the assailants, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa), have vowed to significantly increase their efforts on cracking down on those who  dump tyres unlawfully.

Not only does the dumping of tyres ruin landscapes and create eye-sores, they create habitats for vermin to live and breed in. Even more dangerous is the potential for fire and/or arson attacks which not only cost the fire services valuable time but releases great amounts of harmful pollution into the atmosphere.

John Kenny, Sepa’s waste and enforcement manager, was recently quoted in the the Sunday Herald saying, “Sepa will also determine whether similar type operations should be undertaken in other geographical areas and whether this type of intelligence-led regulation can be rolled out to other areas of our regulatory work”.

What is most frustrating for Sepa and other bodies trying to battle the problem (such as local councils) is that, if handled in the correct manner, tyres can be recycled in a number of clean and effective ways. Aside from the ones that can be retreaded, tyres in the past have been recycled and used as surfaces in children play areas. Some have even been turned into surfaces for tennis courts.


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