A local businessman from Halifax was found guilty of fly-tipping and ordered to pay a fine of £5,000 and costs of around £600 last week.
Kirklees Environmental Services successfully prosecuted businessman Raza Malik of Elizabeth Street, Halifax for fly-tipping along Kilner Bank, Huddersfield.
Malik pleaded guilty at Huddersfield Magistrates Court to tipping a large amount of waste from his business, Raza One Stop, in Elland, Halifax.
Kirklees cabinet member for the environment councillor Ann Denham said: “This case demonstrates the seriousness of the crime. The hefty fine will hopefully deter other potential fly-tippers. As well as working in partnership with the police, we also have cameras installed at sites across the authority. If you dump your household or trade waste you will be caught and prosecuted.”
Under new powers from the Cleaner Neighbourhoods and Environmental Protection Act 2005, Malik could have been fined up to £50,000 and or faced up to five years in prison for the fly-tipping of controlled waste. Enforcement officers can also use the act to issue fixed penalty notices or on the spot fines for a variety of litter related offences.
Households and businesses have a legal obligation to take responsibility for their own rubbish. Businesses should have their waste collected by registered waste carriers, who will issue waste transfer notes to prove the waste has been disposed of properly. These need to be kept for two years and be produced on request to the council or Environment Agency. Failure to do so could result in fixed penalty notices of up to £300 from April 2006.