Taxpayers footed a bill of almost £30,000 to deal with fly tipping in Chesterfield, latest figures show.
In 2014-15, 392 cases of the crime were reported in the borough – costing £27,000 in investigations and clearance.
Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste instead of using a lawful method such as a kerbside collection or an authorised rubbish dump.
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Fly tipping is unsightly, can cause pollution and is a blight on neighbourhoods.
“Once one person fly tips materials in an area it often encourages others to do the same and very quickly areas can become overrun with waste.
“As well as the environmental impact there is a financial cost to taxpayers which could be completely avoided if people used the recycling facilities which are available in the town or the bulky waste collection service we offer.
“Fly tipping is a crime and we will always seek evidence when materials have been dumped so we can prosecute the people responsible.”
According to a survey by the ‘right Waste, right Place’ campaign group, 48 per cent of businesses in the Midlands do not know where all their rubbish goes when it leaves site.
More than a third also admitted to not being sure whether they completed or kept essential Waste Transfer Notes, a key requirement.
Sam Corp, head of regulation at the Environmental Services Association, said: “Waste crime is not victimless. Dealing with the results is costing taxpayers millions of pounds nationally each year.
“Dealing with waste can fall down the list of priorities when busy – but business people in the Midlands need to realise that they are risking significant penalties if they do not comply.”
Call police on 101 to report fly tipping in the area.