Outrage as PPE dumped in Dumfries and Galloway

People have expressed their anger on social media after used personal protective equipment was found dumped beside a country road in Dumfries and Galloway.

Since the lockdown started, the council has recorded an increase in fly-tipping, which they say is "not only irresponsible but pulls vital resources away from boxing up meals, emptying bins and keeping folk safe."

One person on Facebook said: : "That's just a couple of hundred metres from my house and I'm currently recovering from a serious albeit temporary lung condition.

"My rehab includes walking on this road. Not what I need. Very grateful to the guys clearing up."

Another said: "While it's a shame people are going to these lengths, what's to be expected? All tips closed."

The Countryside Alliance reported a 300% rise in fly-tipping in some areas after local authorities closed recycling centres amid the crisis.

The rural communities campaign group blame people using the lockdown to have a "clear-out of homes and gardens" and dumping the resulting rubbish illegally.

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Scotland’s leading rural and environmental organisations joined forces to urge "people not to be selfish".

A joint statement from NFU Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates, Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Zero Waste Scotland said: "Now is not the time to try and get rid of items following a spring clean or DIY project, we are urging you to keep them at home until recycling centres re-open and charities begin to collect furniture and clothing again"

Members of the public can report cases of fly-tipping through their council's website below.