Fly-tipping – catching the culprits


A Calderdale resident is paying the price for fly-tipping in the borough, after he was made to pay a substantial fine at Halifax Magistrates Court. 

Peter Marshall from Southowram was seen dumping waste on land at Beacon Hill Road in Halifax on 8 July 2015. A member of the public reported him to the Council’s Environment Health service after they saw him pull in to the side of the road and throw two bags of rubbish over the wall into the woodland below.  

Despite an initial ‘not guilty’ plea, Mr Marshall was found guilty of the offence of fly- tipping and made to pay £680, along with full costs of £600 plus a £68 victim surcharge – a total of £1348. 

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Barry Collins, said:

“This case is another small but important victory for the Council and the local community in the struggle against fly-tipping. It shows that the culprits really can be caught if people are prepared to report any offences they see. 

“And in each instance, the more information they can provide, the more chance we have of bringing a successful prosecution.” 

The Council does all it can to stop fly-tipping, and will not hesitate to prosecute those responsible. To allow us bring action against fly-tippers it helps to have: 

  • The day, date, time and location of the fly-tipping
  • A description of any people involved
  • What was fly-tipped and how much
  • Details of any vehicle involved, including registration number, colour, make and model

You can report fly-tipping through the online form at or by calling the Council confidentially on 01422 288001. If you see someone fly-tipping, never approach them and don’t touch or sort through the waste as it may contain dangerous materials. 

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