City residents have been warned to deal with reputable removal companies following a “spate” of fly-tipping incidents.
The warning comes amid fears that rogue companies are uplifting household goods and waste but not disposing of it properly.
Dundee City Council’s neighbourhood services department has said members of the public must use a reputable firm — or risk being fined.
Figures released by the local authority show that 2,406 investigations into fly-tipping were carried out in 2015 — an average of more than six a day.
Lochee councillor Alan Ross said the problem is well known to the council. He said: “It’s quite well documented that so-called ‘companies’ do this.
“Basically, they just get a van, take the waste and dump it without paying for the correct disposal.
“If you are employing anyone to do this kind of work for you, make sure it is a registered waste carrier, otherwise you will fall foul of the law.
“We had incidents recently of people dumping rubbish in other people’s garden areas or greens, next to their bins.
“It’s totally unacceptable.
“We monitor for fly-tipping all the time and it’s a very serious issue.
“For anyone looking to dispose of materials from their house, I would urge them in the first instance to contact the council. Then you know you are dealing with a reputable operator to come and dispose of it.”
Residents have told the Tele of their anger at discarded household goods and furniture lying strewn across the ground at the site of the old NCR factory, next to Camperdown Park, with one dog walker calling it a “disgrace”.
A council spokeswoman said: “Where householders use contractors for home improvement works or use ‘house clearance’ services, they must ensure they are hiring reputable traders who will properly and safely dispose of such material. Any company removing waste material should be a Registered Waste Carrier.
“This can be double-checked via the Sepa public register.
“The contractor must also be able to advise the householder where the waste will be taken for recycling or disposal. Fixed penalty notices can be issued to the culprits and the courts can be involved.”
Depute environment convener, Councillor Vari McDonald said: “To avoid any enforcement issues we are urging people to only use a reputable company.”