Council chiefs spent £14,000 investigating local flytipping last year - but the culprits were fined just £160.
New government statistics show that flytipping in Chesterfield has risen by more than 43 per cent over the last four years, from 303 reported incidents in 2012-13, to 436 in 2015-16.
The cost of clearing up after flytippers set back taxpayers more than £15,000 last year.
That includes spending £5,700 on small van load clearances, and £690 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 a ten fold increase in flytipping, from 599 incidents to 6,917 in just four years.