Kirklees tackles fly-tipping offences despite Covid-19

Robert Kaczmarczyk, aged 44, of Redwood Grove, Huddersfield pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and failing to provide waste transfer documents.

Kaczmarczyk dumped the shell of a caravan on Factory Lane, Milnsbridge between November and December 2019.

Investigating officers found documentation in the caravan of the former owner. Following up on their find, investigators discovered the former owner had given the caravan to Kaczmarczyk who made a living stripping caravans for parts which he then shipped back to his native Poland. On this occasion, he had stripped the caravan and towed it from his commercial unit, around half a mile away, to dump it on Factory Lane.

In Kirklees Magistrates Court on 22 January 2021, Kaczmarczyk pleaded guilty to contravening Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and to one count of failing to provide waste transfer documents.

He was fined £288 and ordered to pay costs of £752 to cover clearance and legal costs.

Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “There is no excuse for fly-tipping. It’s a criminal offence, causes an unsightly blight on the environment and attracts pests.

“As these cases show, despite COVID-19,  we’re pursuing people where we have evidence of an offence and would like to thank those who report incidents to us. Fly-tipping comes down to a few people simply not caring about what happens to their waste and the impact dumping it has on others. It’s your waste, and your responsibility to get rid of it in the right way.”

Kirklees would like to remind residents that the household waste centres remain open during this lockdown, and that anyone using a rubbish removal service should check that the company has a valid waste carrier license.

An additional three people living in Kirklees have been issued fines of between £75 and £200 for offences related to littering, fly-tipping and failure to supply waste transfer documents.

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