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Applications are being invited for a new £75,000 fund which has been launched by Zero Waste Scotland to help transform local areas blighted by illegal flytipping.

Grants of between £500 and £10,000 will be available to community groups, landowners and land managers in the Angus area, who are consistently battling the problem of unlawfully dumped waste, such as furniture, TVs, white goods and garden and commercial waste.

Last year, over 50 applications were received, with the successful projects awarded grants to clear over 127 tonnes of waste from 21 problem sites across Scotland. This included a £5,000 project carried out by a private landowner near Forfar to tackle the problem of weekly flytipping on his land. With over 90 tonnes of waste removed and deterrents installed at the site, there are plans afoot to create a garden and pond and involve local Brownies in developing the area for the benefit of wildlife.

The scheme is administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland, with support from the Scottish Flytipping Forum, and the deadline for applications is 31 August 2012.

Angus Council Convener of Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Donald Morrison, said: “Last year £5,000 was awarded under this scheme to a private land owner in Angus and the grant was used to remove historic waste and to install preventative measures.

“We would encourage local community groups or landowners who wish to tackle similar problem areas to apply for funding, to help rid the countryside of flytipping and to maintain the beauty of the Angus countryside.

“It is important than anyone who sees someone flytippng should take a note of the car registration and phone the police.”

Catherine Wilson, Litter and Flytipping Manager for Zero Waste Scotland, added: “These grants will help to support those communities and landowners who are willing to take positive action to clean up dumping grounds and take measures to prevent it happening again.

Applications to the fund can be made at http://www.dumbdumpers.org/smallgrantscheme