Two individuals have faced fines and the confiscation of their vehicles after being apprehended for illegal waste dumping in Kirklees.

The Greenspace Action Team received reports from the public regarding instances of fly-tipping in Huddersfield and Heckmondwike. Utilizing CCTV footage, the team successfully identified and tracked down the offenders.

Curt Gurog, operating under the businesses Curt’s Landscaping and Beautiful Gardens in Rawthorpe, was captured on CCTV on two occasions, engaging in fly-tipping activities. Approximately three tons of garden and building waste were unlawfully disposed of at Hey Lane Cemetery, Almondbury. Gurog was identified through his vehicle registration.

In a separate incident, Richard Lawn from Leeds accepted a payment of £230 from a Kirklees resident to dispose of household waste, including old flooring and packaging from new kitchen appliances. Instead of legally disposing of the waste, Lawn dumped it on Smithies Lane and Church Street in Heckmondwike.

Curt Gurog, born on 2nd June 1987, of Rawthorpe, appeared at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on Monday, 8th January 2024. He pleaded guilty to three offences under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. These included two counts of failing to comply with his duty of care in transferring business waste and one count of failing to provide waste transfer notes.

Gurog was fined £1,339, with a Victim Surcharge of £536. Additionally, he was ordered to pay clearance and legal costs amounting to £1,670. His Ford Transit Tipper, implicated in the CCTV footage, was seized, found to be unroadworthy, and subsequently destroyed by the council.

Richard Lawn, born on 28th November 1983, of 23 The Heights, Leeds, also appeared at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on the same day. Lawn pleaded guilty to two offenses under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 related to fly-tipping.

Lawn received a fine of £1,400, along with a £560 Victim Surcharge. He was further instructed to pay clearance and legal costs totaling £1,269. His Citroen Picasso, linked to the illegal dumping, was seized and disposed of by the Council.

A resident of Sharpe Street in Heckmondwike received a Fixed Penalty Notice fine of £200 for failing to ensure the safe transfer of household waste.

Councillor Aafaq Butt, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said; “I hope that these prosecutions will reinforce our zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping in Kirklees. Our communities should not be blighted by people who think they can dump waste on our streets and greenspaces, to the detriment of residents, wildlife, and the environment.

“Following previous incidents of fly-tipping at Hey Lane Cemetery, which should be a place for quiet contemplation to pay respects to loved ones, we installed CCTV to catch offenders, which has proved fruitful in this case and will hopefully deter others from offending in the future.

“The Heckmondwike case highlights the importance of checking private companies who are collecting waste. They should be registered with the environment agency and have paperwork showing their full contact details and a description of the waste taken. It also helps if residents take the vehicle registration the waste carrier uses to help officers trace the waste if it ends up being fly-tipped.”