A Leicestershire council has said it hopes fines handed to two men for fly-tipping will deter others from dumping waste illegally.
Charnwood Borough Council said it would prosecute all such cases.
A 20-year-old man was fined £400 and ordered to pay £300 costs after pleading guilty to dumping recycling bags in Woodhouse Eaves.
Another man, 19, was fined £200, with £150 costs, for dumping household waste bags in Loughborough.
Councillor Hilary Fryer said: "These cases prove that Charnwood Borough Council will not tolerate this sort of behaviour.
"The dumping of waste in any location is anti-social and particularly unacceptable in the countryside as it can cause harm to the environment and wild animals.
"There is no excuse for fly-tipping and we hope the threat of legal action and a possible criminal record will act as deterrent to anyone thinking of engaging in this illegal activity."