FLY-TIPPING across Kirklees has fallen by almost a fifth.
Figures just released show that in 2008/9 there were 3,498 incidents dealt with by the council compared with 4,311 the previous year.
Nationally there were 1.16 million cases of illegally dumped rubbish dealt with by local authorities, a 9% fall on the previous year’s 1.28 million cases.
According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Kirklees also successfully prosecuted three people.
A council spokesman said: "The council has a zero- tolerance policy towards fly-tipping and we take enforcement action whenever we can.
"Fly-tipping is a blight on our environment and we use a wide range of actions to tackle fly-tippers, as well as people who commit other environmental crimes.
"This includes warning letters, statutory notices, fixed penalty notices, duty of care inspections, stop and search procedures, formal caution and prosecution.
"This issue is taken very seriously and Environmental Services have a dedicated team which investigates reports of fly-tipping and deals with other environmental offences."
In the last year the council has issued 75 statutory notices, 22 fixed penalty notices and 50 warning letters to those caught breaking the law.
Across the country there were 2,000 prosecution actions of which 97% were successful, representing a 4% increase on the previous year.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England charity welcomed the news of a drop in fly-tipping.
President Bill Bryson said: "It’s good news that there has been a reduction in fly-tipping and that councils are getting better at catching the perpetrators. But more still needs to be done.
"And the database only deals with fly-tipping on public land. The £54m bill to the tax-payer would be significantly higher if you added the costs incurred by farmers and other private landowners across the country."
Despite a decrease in fly-tipping across most regions, figures for Calderdale Council actually increased. In the last year there has been 1,258 cases dealt with, compared to 939 during the previous year.