Fly-tippers dumping rubbish in Wakefield have been warned they will be hauled before the courts by council bosses.
The warning comes after a sting operation saw a Leeds man fined for taking rubbish from a local primary school and dumping it in the neighbouring city.
Anthony Greenwood, of Dewsbury Road, Tingley, pleaded guilty to three charges at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The court heard that in January, fly-tipped rubbish was found on Lawns Lane, Lofthouse, Wakefield, with labels linking it to East Garforth Primary School.
Three men in a white van had been allowed to take the rubbish after convincing the school they were a registered waste carrier.
Wakefield Council officers then fitted a location device into a pile of waste outside a council-owned house in Wakefield.
Mr Greenwood was called to give a price on removing the rubbish and later that day, three men came and agreed a price of £60 to remove the waste. The vehicle that took the waste away was found to be insured to Mr Greenwood.
The council asked Mr Greenwood to attend an interview where admitted taking the waste from the school.
Last week he pleaded guilty to one charge of knowingly causing or permitting the deposit of controlled waste at Lawns Lane, Lofthouse and two of failing to provide waste transfer notices in respect of waste taken from East Garforth Primary School and Flanshaw Crescent.
He was fined £500 with a £15 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £521.90 costs.
Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for the Environment and Communities said: “We take a tough stand on fly-tippers.
Fly-tipping is not only a blight on the local environment but on our communities and costs the council tax payer significant amounts of money to clear away.
“We will always pursue those responsible.”