Lincolnshire Police has warned landowners not to be suckered in by criminal gangs offering money to store waste on their property.
The local force has warned that “it will cost you” when the authorities find out and have urged people not to be tempted.
A spokesperson said: “There are teams of criminals that operate in your area who will offer cash to store waste on your land.
“They promise to come back and remove it but don’t and you will be left with waste that may contaminate your land.
“What’s more, you will probably have to pay to have it lawfully removed.
“You may be committing an offence by allowing waste to be stored your land without the relevant permissions, which could leave you liable to prosecution.
“If you are approached to store waste for someone else, or suspect that this is occurring in your area contact the Environment Agency immediately.
“Waste crime is a serious offence with tough penalties. It can damage the environment and blight communities,” they added.
The Environment Agency can be contacted via their incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more information on waste crime click here.