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FlyMapper System Launched in Glasgow To Tackle Fly-tipping Blackspots

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FlyMapper System Launched in Glasgow To Tackle Fly-tipping Blackspots

FlyMapper System Launched in Glasgow To Tackle Fly-tipping Blackspots
March 18
00:47 2015

Local authorities are using a sophisticated new system to find and tackle fly-tipping black spots in communities across Scotland, it was announced this week

Glasgow City Council’s fly-tipping rapid response teams are joining forces with Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Flytipping Action Wales, to develope FlyMapper, an app and web-based system which aims to help local authorities and land managers to build up a detailed picture of where items are being dumped illegally.

By allowing users to upload information and photographs using a mobile application, the reports build up a detailed, localised, visual display and feed into an online map and database, which in turn allows problem areas to be identified and interventions to be targeted.

The status of each incident can be tracked and all the data is centralised in an easy-to-use website.

The most recent figures estimate that over 60,000 items – or around 26,000 tonnes of goods – are fly-tipped every year in Scotland, which costs almost £9m each year to clear up.

Better reporting from local authorities through using FlyMapper will give a more accurate picture of the amount of fly-tipping occurs across the country.

Practical, easy-to-use and free, FlyMapper has been tested with a group of councils including Glasgow. It will be available to all local authorities in Scotland from 1st April.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland (pictured far left), said: ‘The public views fly-tipping as extremely serious, as does Zero Waste Scotland.

‘We’ve had a fantastic response to the system so far from our user group, and we look forward to talking to all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities about using FlyMapper.’

Willie Wilson, National Waste & Enforcement Operations Manager,  SEPA (pictured, second from left), added: ‘SEPA is 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.’

The mobile app runs on Android, Windows and Apple iOS operating systems, and is available free of charge from their respective stores.

A video which shows how Flymapper works is available at




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