SEVERAL businesses in Glasgow have been caught fly-tipping. 

Six companies in the Whiteinch area of the city were caught without relevant waste contracts this week.

It comes after we told how Glasgow City Council are taking a new approach to fly-tipping and will be highlighting problem areas as "environmental crime scenes."

The first day of action took place in Whiteinch on Tuesday, and officers visited 24 premises.

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In a tweet, Glasgow City Council said: "We're visiting commercial premises near fly-tipping hot spots to ensure operators have valid waste contracts in place.

"Twenty-four premises were visited in Whiteinch with six businesses without waste contracts. These businesses have 14 days to comply or face enforcement action."

Teams will now be in communities known for fly-tipping to hunt for evidence to identify possible culprits.

Locations will be taped off with tape and notices will be put up showing the council are aware of incidents and will ask local residents and businesses to provide information that helps pin down illegal dumpers.

Councillor Anna Richardson said: "There is a deep frustration within communities that a hardcore minority of people continue to trash the city's environment with fly-tipping.

"Those who fly-tip have no regard for their environment and have no respect for the concerns of their fellow residents. Tackling these environmental criminals has to be a priority and we can do that with the support of affected communities.

Glasgow Times:

"Local residents and businesses see what goes on in their community and that information can lead directly to enforcement action against fly-tippers. Our enforcement officers will make themselves known and visible in the areas where fly-tippers operate so we can get to the bottom of who is committing these damaging, environmental crimes.

"With the cooperation of communities and neighbourhoods, we can take on those who care only for themselves above the needs of everyone else in the city."

Council bosses will be stepping up efforts to ensure businesses have valid waste disposal contracts in place and those who do not will be issued with enforcement notices, giving them 14 days to put them in place.

Private landowners with fly-tipping issues will also be pressed to take responsibility for their sites.