Leeds & West Yorkshire

Wakefield Council warn of heavy fines for fly-tippers

People who dump household waste illegally will face prosecution and heavy fines, a West Yorkshire council has warned.

Wakefield Council said it spends about £450,000 a year clearing fly-tipped waste.

The Labour-run council warned waste dumped illegally by a third-party could also lead to prosecution and fines of up to £5,000.

It said residents should use reputable firms or the council's own services.

Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for the environment, said: "Most people aren't aware that if their waste gets dumped illegally, that we have the power to prosecute them.

"An individual has a duty of care to ensure their waste is disposed of correctly and from September we will be visiting different locations across the district to make sure this message hits home."

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