Farmers are being warned not to be duped into storing illegal waste on their land after a spate of incidents across England and Wales.
In Lincolnshire, a tenant was left with devastating costs of £100,000 to remove 1,500 bales of rubbish after being conned into storing them on his farm.
The tenant, who would like to remain anonymous, was contacted by a fraudster looking for a place to store bales of tar mixed with recycled matter, which was supposedly being used in Europe to fill potholes.
They were never collected, and the Environment Agency is now trying to trace the scammer.
CLA midlands regional director Caroline Bedell said: “This was a deplorable crime which pollutes the countryside and has left the landowner’s tenant with an enormous bill to foot in order to clear up the mess.
“Landowners and farmers should remain vigilant against these criminals and carry out thorough checks before allowing anyone to use their property or land.”
On the other side of Offa’s Dyke, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has issued official advice after an increase in reports from landowners who have been approached to store baled mixed municipal waste, also known as Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).
Individuals acting alone, or operating under a company name, are offering farmers money to store large quantities of RDF, claiming it is a temporary measure before the waste is sent to incineration.
NFU Cymru has reminded farmers that storage of RDF is tightly regulated and an environmental permit is required in order to store the rubbish legally.
If the material is not managed properly, there is a high risk of pollution and fire.
NRW is encouraging anyone approached to store RDF or any other type of waste on their land to report it immediately so they can investigate.