The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the charity Crimestoppers are working on a join initiative to root out organised crime in the waste industry.
SEPA has been working with Scottish police services to tackle serious organised crime and this partnership with Crimestoppers will enable members of the public to anonymously report environmental crimes, such as illegal waste sites.
Its director of operations Calum MacDonald said: “Operations such as illegal waste sites operate with an unfair commercial advantage over legitimate operators and can lead to serious environmental damage.
“Also, the increasing costs of waste disposal means that environmental crime can be extremely profitable. There are recognised links between environmental crime and serious organised crime groups and SEPA has been working closely with partner agencies such as the police to disrupt and deter environmental criminal activity.”