Newcastle City Council says fly-tipping has risen so far, this year, as it braces itself for an increase during the darker, earlier nights.
Bonfire night and Christmas tend to create more illegally dumped waste, as well as providing criminals with extra cover.
Environmental officers, from Newcastle City Council, patrol hotspots and search through illegally dumped rubbish to try and identify who's responsible.
They believe a large part of the problem is fake waste disposal firms which take away people's unwanted goods, charges them, and abandons the items in secluded places.
Councils can issue on-the-spot fines for fly-tipping and have powers to prosecute. It's also been revealed, by the government, that fines for dropping litter are set to increase.