FLY-TIPPERS are being warned that tougher action will be brought against them for dropping litter.
The news comes after a Wakefield man was ordered to pay more than £1,000 after he was caught out dumping waste.
Councillors are now warning that the offence could result in fines as high as £50,000 or even a five year prison sentence.
Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for the environment and communities, said: “We take a tough stand. 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.”
Illegal fly-tipping should be reported on 0845 8506506.