The borough council say it is 'going to W.A.R' on fly-tipping in the High Peak, which cost taxpayers over £42,000 last year to investigate and clear up.
The borough council and its waste partners AES are warning that offenders who are caught illegally dumped rubbish face prosecution and risk a fine of up to £50,000 - or even imprisonment.
People can still be prosecuted if their waste is found fly-tipped, even if they didn't dispose of it themselves.
Councillor Jean Todd, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and Community Safety, said: “Fly-tipping is a very serious issue which puts our staff, the public and our environment at risk.
“The fine for offenders found guilty of fly-tipping has recently been increased and our staff are always on the lookout for those responsible.
“What people may not know is that you can also be prosecuted if your waste ends up being fly-tipped. It’s easy to avoid that by following some simple steps, which we’ve summarised in our W.A.R campaign, and I would strongly urge anyone paying for someone to dispose of waste to follow these steps.”
The borough council is also reminding people that individuals or companies charging to remove waste must have a licence to do so.
The authority is pledging that residents can avoid scams and help keep the local environment clean by joining the W.A.R on fly-tipping and checking the following when booking an extra waste collection:
W: Waste Carrier licence – do they have one?
A: Are they going to dispose of your waste legally, and can they provide evidence?
R: Receipt - always get a receipt for your transaction
Carrier licences can be checked online at www.environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers
Councillor Todd added: “We at the Council and AES share the anger and frustration residents feel when fly-tipping incidents occur and I want to reassure people that we are working hard to reduce it.
“Everyone can help us with that by remembering W.A.R and disposing of waste correctly. By working together in this way, we’ll hopefully see a reduction in the amount of fly-tipping that scars our environment.”
Anyone who witnesses an act of fly-tipping can call the police on 999 and report it as an environmental crime in progress.
People can also use the High Peak Borough Council website to find out more information about fly-tipping, how to dispose of waste responsibly and report fly-tipping at www.highpeak.gov.uk/Fly-Tipping