A COUNCILLOR is angry after private companies were called in to clear dumped waste.
Kirklees Council Labour group leader Clr Mehboob Khan said the move was the result of a "massive increase" in fly-tipping since new charges for collecting bulky waste were introduced.
He said the council simply could not cope with the amount of flytipping by people refusing to pay.
"The council has had to bring in external contractors to deal with the massive increase in fly- tipping," said Clr Khan.
But Lib Dem Clr David Payne, Cabinet member for the environment, countered: "From time to time we get private companies in. It's perfectly normal.
"We employed some additional crews when we brought in the waste charges to clear the backlog and they have been laid off."
Since charges were announced in April, Clr Payne said there had been a "small" increase in fly-tipping in June of about 10%.
He said the increase had been anticipated and expected the situation to return to normal.
"There's no evidence, as far as we're aware, there's any long-term increase in fly-tipping."
Clr Payne accused Labour of stirring up trouble, saying: "They have been talking about this non-existent problem for three months."