Fly tippers convicted after investigations by Wakefield Council
Four men convicted of fly tipping have been ordered to pay thousands of pounds in fines, compensation and costs - following investigations by Wakefield Council.
Three court cases - which all took place in December at Huddersfield Magistrates' Court - involved four separate incidents where people had dumped household items and garden waste illegally within the district.
In two cases, men acted alone, and in the third case two men worked together to twice carry out fly-tipping.
Areas that were affected by fly tipping were Forge Lane, in Horbury where mattresses were dumped, Meadow Lane, Wakefield where a large amount of tree cuttings were unloaded. Household waste such as old doors, furniture, mattresses and black bags were also dumped in Express Way, Castleford and Park Lane, Methley.
The three court cases resulted in fines, court and compensation costs for the defendants adding up to over £3,000. One man also received a community order requiring him to do 15 days of community service. Another man lost his driving licence for three months.
The prosecutions were made possible thanks to the evidence that Wakefield Council put before the courts.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty at Wakefield Council, said: "We will never tolerate fly-tipping in our district. It is a blight in our communities and we will do everything we can to hold those responsible to account.
"As these four men have discovered - we take these offences very seriously and we will and do take action, including taking people to court, where they face heavy penalties if convicted."
Residents are also reminded they must ensure anyone who takes away their household or garden items is a registered waste carrier. If the waste is fly tipped the resident could face either a fixed-penalty fine of £250 or up to £5,000 if it goes to Court.
Residents can help in the fight against fly-tipping by remembering three simple steps: 'Ask, Record, Keep'. when hiring someone to dispose of waste:
Ask: Ask where the waste is going; ask to see the waste carrier licence. This information can be checked online against the Environment Agency's public register of waste carriers or by calling 03708 506 506. Legitimate businesses will be happy to share this information.
Record: Write down or take a photograph of the vehicle registration number, colour, make and model of the vehicle. Record the permit or exemption number, the name of the business and any other information that could be used to locate the company should the authorities need to do so.
Keep: Keep a proper invoice and receipt for the transaction which includes the business details of a registered operator.