An appeal for information has been launched after a pile of asbestos was dumped in Mile Oak.
Lichfield District Council was called out to remove the fly-tipped waste on Plantation Lane on June 19.
The asbestos had to be removed by specialists – a process Cllr Iain Eadie, Cabinet member for waste, said was a costly process for taxpayers.
He added: “The person who fly-tipped this asbestos has committed a criminal offence.
“We suspect it was left by an unscrupulous individual or company that took money to dispose of it at a registered site, but dumped it in our district instead and pocketed the money they were paid to properly dispose of it.
“We hope community members will come forward if they think they may have seen suspicious behaviour in or around Plantation Lane, which is near to Robert Peel Hospital in Mile Oak.
“Only if we can find the person who did this, can we then prosecute them and send a clear message that commercial operators need to dispose of their trade waste properly or they will face the consequences.”
To report fly-tipping or if you have information, call Lichfield District Council on 01543 308999 or visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/reportit.