RESIDENTS of Milnsbridge want a waste centre to be closed.
The W H Robinson firm has applied for retrospective planning permission to use a site in George Street as a waste transfer station.
Residents say the waste is just dumped in piles, rather than in covered containers.
They say litter blows around and the site smells and attracts vermin.
They are also unhappy about the noise and the amount of traffic the site attracts.
David Fountain lives at Armitage Road and his house overlooks the site.
He said: "It is 200 metres from shops and 20 metres from the river. It should not be in this residential area.
"Milnsbridge is supposed to be going through a regeneration and that sort of site is a backwards step."
Kirklees Council environmental health action officers are looking at complaints about nuisances.
Environment Agency staff are also investigating.
But a council spokeswoman said no action on the residents' c all for the site to be shut would be taken yet.
She said: "The enforcement action suggested by the complainants is not immediate and the application will be determined well before it could take effect.
"It would be unreasonable if the operator were to be required to cease operations now, if planning permission were to be granted shortly afterwards."
Planning permission for the site - formerly owned by Golcar Skip Hire - to be used as a waste transfer station expired in 1998.
But WH Robinson can still legally operate because the site's waste transfer licence is valid.
The company take in skips full of fridges, air conditioning systems and household waste and pick out re-usable materials.
The unrecyclable materials are sent to tips.
Residents of George Street and Armitage Road have written letters of objection to planners.
Kirklees Council said the waste transfer station had to abide by the strict conditions of its licence and of any planning permission granted.
Ian Walker, of W H Robinson, said the firm did not want to comment.