SPECIAL posters are being used to mark out fly-tipping hotspots in South Derbyshire.
Derbyshire County Council is working with the Environment Agency in a bid to clamp down on rubbish being dumped across the area.
Now, special posters reminding people that ‘fly-tipping is a crime’ are being put in place at sites in the district which are regularly used as illegal rubbish dumps.
A spokesman for the authority said: “We’re working with other councils in Derbyshire and the Environment Agency to help put a stop to fly-tipping in the county.
“If anyone spots any fly-tipping, sees rubbish being dumped or knows someone who is doing it, don’t confront them - contact Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.
“Offenders can, and will, be prosecuted.
“Once they’re caught it could mean a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months in prison.
“But that’s not all. People should know that if their rubbish is fly-tipped they can also be prosecuted − even if they didn’t dump it or know it was going to be dumped.
“To make sure they stay on the right side of the law − and avoid a fine of up to £5,000 − they should use a registered waste carrier if you’ve got rubbish that needs removing.
“It would be helpful if people could also tell the council:
l The registration number and description of the tippers’ vehicle such as the colour, make and model;
l What the tippers look like;
l What sort of rubbish was being dumped; and
l A detailed description of where it was being dumped.
It comes after the area had seen the number of incidents plummet in recent years, dropping from 989 in 2008-09 to 582 last year.
Particular hotspot sites often crop up in the outlying areas of the district.
Places such as Repton and Willington are often used as illegal dumping grounds for all manner of rubbish, from household waste to old bikes and even armchairs.
Anyone who would like to report dumped rubbish or areas of the district which need cleaning up can also call 0800 587 2349 or, alternatively, head online and visit www.south-derbys.gov.uk