Council chiefs spent £15,000 investigating local flytipping last year - but the culprits were fined nothing at all.
New government statistics show that flytipping in the High Peak has risen by more than 17 per cent over the last four years, from 447 reported incidents in 2012-13, to 526 in 2015-16.
The cost of clearing up after flytippers set back taxpayers more than £45,000 last year.
That includes spending £10,000 on small van load clearances, and £11,000 on clearances with tipper lorries.
While some areas such as Sunderland, Lewes, Lancaster and South Lakeland saw the amount of flytipping incidents falls by almost three-quarters over the four years since 2012, others told a different story.
In Hackney, London, there was tenfold increase in flytipping, from 599 incidents to 6,917 in just four years.