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Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron and Argyll and Bute Councillor Alastair Redman have issued an appeal to people not to resort to fly-tipping.
The two elected representatives said there was growing concern about the problem even in small island communities like Jura, where it had been raised at meetings of the community council.
Mr Cameron said: ‘We all appreciate that the Covid restrictions may be causing some problems for people trying to dispose of bulky waste items but they absolutely must not resort to fly-tipping.
‘It is unsightly, potentially hazardous, and extremely unneighbourly.’
Councillor Redman, Kintyre and the Islands ward, added: ‘This is understandably causing a lot of upset locally.
‘I am also concerned that our council waste disposal staff are being left with a growing problem to sort out. It’s not fair on them or on anyone else and it really needs to stop happening.’