A 25-tonne heap of fly-tipped rubbish is being investigated by the Environment Agency after it was dumped on Cambridgeshire farmland.
The offence, which saw debris dumped at the entrance to a farm near Godmanchester, took place sometime between November 16 and 19.
Huntingdon District Council say it is now investigating, alongside the Environment Agency.
In a tweet appealing for information, the authority said: “Between the 16th & 19th Nov a large fly tip was deposited on the entrance to a farm located south of Godmanchester on the A1198 as there’s approximately 25 Tonnes of waste. If any info please contact 01480 388388.”
Fly-tipping, the illegal dumping of liquid or solid waste on land or in water, is usually carried out to avoid disposal costs.
It is costing local taxpayers over four million pounds to clear each year, according to new figures which came out this year.
Union group GMB London Region looked at data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) for 47 councils in the east of England.
In Huntingdonshire alone there were 640 to 692 fly-tipping incident in 2016 and 2017, costing around £39,387 in clear up costs.
Across the region between 2016 and 2017 there were 75,447 incidents of fly-tipping in the region.
This accumulated a total clear-up cost of £4,339,536.
The penalties for fly-tipping
According to Government advice, the Environment Agency may investigate if the incident is large-scale, serious, organised illegal dumping, or immediately threatens human health or the environment.
Convicted parties can be fined an unlimited amount or imprisoned for up to 5 years.
Councils also have the power to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone caught in the act.
Fly-tipping costs for Cambridgeshire (2016/17)
1. Cambridge – 1,414 to 1,889 (£144,014)
2. Peterborough – 6,765 to 8,186 (£461,285)
3. South Cambridgeshire – 171 to 211 (£8,762)
4. East Cambridgeshire – 179 to 214 (£10,030)
5. Huntingdonshire – 640 to 692 (£39,387)
A problem that won’t go away
In March alone around 50 tonnes of waste was illegally dumped in the Cambridgeshire countryside.
The Environment Agency gathered evidence on two major incidents of fly-tipping on farmland at Duxford and Hinxton.
Photos of the abandoned waste showed towering piles of construction, demolition and municipal waste.
It is believed that the sites were accessed due to the proximity to the M11 motorway.