TWO fly-tippers who operated a service collecting and disposing of people’s waste for free have been fined for dumping rubbish.
Nathan Wilson, 24, of Norman Drive, Mirfield, and Luke Wilkinson, 30, of Wormalds View, Thornhill Lees, were found guilty of two offences of fly-tipping.
The pair ran a service on Facebook called ‘Non Stop Removals’, offering to collect and get rid of people’s waste for free.
They used a red Mercedes Sprinter van to dump piles of rubbish, including sofas, mattresses and household waste, at Ouzelwell Lane, Dewsbury and Liley Lane, Grange Moor.
Both must pay £585 in costs and charges. Wilson was ordered to carry out 36 hours at an attendance centre and Wilkinson was given a 12-month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work.
The van used to commit the offences was seized and destroyed by Kirklees Council.
Coun Naheed Mather, the council’s cabinet member for communities and environment, said: “We won’t stand for such selfish behaviour and those who think it’s acceptable to dump rubbish in Kirklees will pay the price.
“Fly-tipping not only blights the appearance of our communities, it also comes at a cost to the taxpayer every time we have to clear it up.
“This is why we have a zero tolerances approach to such behaviour and destroying the vehicle used in this case sends out that message loud and clear.”
To report fly-tipping, go to www.kirklees.gov.uk.