Fly-tipping is on the rise in Kirklees with on average eight incidents every single day, figures show.
Incidents of rubbish dumped illegally and the costs of dealing with it have risen across the country for the second year running.
More than 140 local authorities in England provided data to a Freedom of Information request, including Kirklees Council.
Kirklees’ suffered 3,047 incidents last year, up from 2,550 three years ago.
The sad rise has been noticed by Examiner readers who in recent months have sent in a number of pictures of waste dumped in scenic spots or on the streets of our towns, including on the beautiful Marsden Moor and at Buckstones.
But Kirklees Council has admitted it has only managed three prosecutions for fly-tipping, one last year and two in 2013/14.
It is very difficult to charge people with fly-tipping unless they are caught red-handed or leave strong evidence of ownership of the rubbish at the scene.
But while Kirklees has struggled to prosecute, the number of prosecutions across England rose last year, up from 982 in 2013/2014 to 1,216 in 2014/2015.
Nationwide it is estimated to cost more than £16m per year to clean up fly-tipped rubbish.
Incidents can range from single black bags of rubbish to old furniture or even lorry-loads of waste, and the cost of clearing them up is on the increase.
Councils are using a number of measures to tackle the problem, including investigating rubbish for evidence of where it came, using CCTV and hidden cameras, running patrols with police and education campaigns to warn residents they are responsible for where their waste ends up.
Some are also providing one-off skips for dumping domestic items in problem areas or free bulky waste collections for households.
And around two-fifths of councils recorded a reduction in fly-tipping in the last year despite the overall rise, the figures show.
The Local Government Association said it wants extra powers for councils to be able to issue on-the-spot fines known as fixed penalty notices for some fly-tipping cases, such as dumping pieces of broken furniture, old televisions and mattresses.
Peter Box, the Local Government Association’s environment spokesman, said local authorities were spending tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money a year on fly-tipping, which could be better spent on services such as protecting vulnerable children and keeping libraries open.
“All the figures show that the huge amount of effort local authorities put into preventing and tackling fly-tipping is having a real impact,” he said.
“But new powers would ensure councils can go even further in addressing what is often not just an eyesore, but also a serious public health risk, creating pollution and attracting vermin.”
A Defra spokesman said: “Fly-tipping blights communities and poses a risk to human health which is why tackling this issue is a priority for government.
“We want everyone to enjoy a cleaner, healthier country and will build on our recent successes by introducing fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping.
“This will provide local authorities with another way of clamping down on those who illegally dump waste.
“Last year’s increase in reported fly-tipping incidents should be seen in the context of better technology, including local authority apps, which allow members of the public to easily report this crime so authorities can take action.”