We’re targeting illegal carriers of trade waste

In response to an increase of trade waste being dumped in the area, we’ve been working with partners to identify illegal carriers of trade waste.  

Working together to clean up trade waste

West Yorkshire Police, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) took part in the exercise on Leeds Road, Huddersfield.

trade waste

We also stopped private hire taxis vehicles and Hackney Carriages from Kirklees and neighbouring authorities such as Leeds, Calderdale, Bradford and Wakefield.

What happened on the enforcement exercise?

West Yorkshire Police identified and directed vehicles to a targeted checkpoint where they were investigated by the relevant agency.

  • 2 van drivers have been provided with questions that their companies must answer.
  • 1 van was identified as not having the correct license, the owner has now signed up for collections from Kirklees Council trade waste.
  • 1 van was seized by West Yorkshire Police for carrying scrap without the appropriate licenses and being evasive on site.
  • 1 van was seized by West Yorkshire Police for an unrelated offence.
  • During the exercise 7 private hire vehicles were also checked all of them were seen to be of a good standard so no further action was taken.

Cllr Mather, Cabinet Member for Communities and Environment said:

“This is a great example of multiple agencies working together to make sure that companies who dispose of waste are doing so in a correct and legal manner. This joined-up approach meant we could carry out essential licensing checks at the same time saving both organisations resources whilst making sure our roads remain safe.

I would like to thank all of our partner agencies for their involvement and hope to see a reduction in illegally dumped trade waste following the exercise. Companies must understand that it is their responsibility as waste carriers to have the correct licenses and arrangements for waste removal. The council will not hesitate to take appropriate action against those that seek to cut corners at a cost to the taxpayer.”

How to help us combat flytipping

Report flytipping or by calling streetscene on 01484 414700.


  • Location: A638 between Staincliffe and Dewsbury on corner of Old Track road, coming down hill on left before disused Old Leg of Mutton public house. Coming up hill, after Old Leg of Muttonr, on right.
    Fly tipping: around 4 huge bags previously used for Sand and Cement of rubble and garden waste.

    Been there for 18months that I know of. Very unsightly and drags the area down even more than it is already.

  • Too little too late. Prosecute those carrying waste without the correct licence

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