Bradford Council is cracking down on fly-tipping in the district, receiving almost £40,000 in fines in a year from people caught illegally dumping their rubbish, new figures show.

The amount received by the authority is one of the highest in the country compared to other councils, with fly-tippers paying a total of £37,075, following 23 successful prosecutions.

However, the amount in fines received by Bradford Council is dwarfed by the amount it spent clearing up after fly-tippers – a total of £320,000 in a year for 8,626 instances of unlawful rubbish dumping.

The figures also show there were more than 520 enforcement actions untaken by the authority during the same period.

The Countryside Alliance, which published the figures, has called on the Government to help local authorities tackle the issue, which cost taxpayers more than £40 million between April 2010 and March 2011.

Earlier this year, Bradford Council saved £40,000 by scrapping its fly-tipping team, but pledged to continue to tackle the problem through its Neighbourhood Services team.