Two men have been prosecuted for fly-tipping as part of a crack down by Calderdale Council.
John Bagley, of Halifax, pleaded guilty to a fly tipping offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and in a separate case, Jody Newall, of Bradford, pleaded guilty to one offence of fly-tipping in Siddal, Halifax.
Mr Bagley was given a community order for 12 months with the requirement that he completes 50 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £600 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge. He had charged a resident to take her waste to the tip and instead had dumped it in Spring Hall Lane, Halifax.
Mr Newall was given a two month curfew order from 7pm to 7am and was also ordered to pay costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £60, for dumping a boiler flue, a bag of radiator valves, cardboard packaging, broken furniture and several black domestic sacks.
Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, Coun Barry Collins, said: “These prosecutions show that the council will take action against those who blight our streets and countryside with rubbish. Fly-tipping spoils our local environment, is harmful to wildlife and costs a lot of money to clean up.
“We would also advise residents to be very careful before paying someone to dispose of any rubbish for them – check that they have a waste carriers licence. If they don’t, then there is a strong possibility that your rubbish and confidential waste could end up dumped in the countryside.
“The council has five household waste recycling centres, and operates a bulky waste collection service which is often cheaper than the fees being charged by these unscrupulous fly-tippers.”
Counr Megan Swift: “As a councillor for the Siddal area, I was very pleased to hear about these prosecutions. Local residents are rightly fed up with people who think they can just tip their rubbish in our community, and are delighted to see action being taken. I understand from council officers that there are more prosecutions in the pipeline, and hope that the Council will continue to take a tough line on these anti-social offenders.”