A hunt is under way for the fly-tippers who dumped six tonnes of asbestos on a country lane.
Harts Lane in Hartfield, East Sussex, had to be closed for four days while specialist clearance operators removed the potentially harmful material from the road and ensured the area was safe.
The illegal dumping cost around £2,500 of taxpayers' money to clean, Wealden District Council said.
The council is now searching for the perpetrators responsible for dumping the hazardous material on the road.
Asbestos is made up of tiny fibres that can make their way into the lining of the lung and cause gene changes and lead to the growth of cancer.
A council is searching for the fly-tippers who dumped six tonnes of asbestos on Harts Lane in Hartfield, East Sussex
The carcinogenic material was once used in buildings for insulation, flooring and roofing, but its use has been banned in the UK since 1999.
Mesothelioma, a malignant tumour formed in the lining of the lungs, is most common in those who have been exposed to asbestos.
The quantity of the dumped asbestos was such that the council believes it would have to have been transported by a large vehicle or a skip.
In a message on Facebook the council wrote: 'We recently had to clear six tonnes of asbestos from Harts Lane, Hartfield, closing the lane for 4 days, and costing roughly £2,500 to employ specialist clearance operators.
'Did you see anything suspicious during the evening of Friday 9th October before 9pm?
'The vehicle used would have been larger than a ford transit tipper and could quite possibly have been a panel vehicle or a skip. Did you notice any asbestos being transported in and around the area that day?
The lane was closed for four days as specialist teams removed the potentially harmful material and ensured the area was safe
Wealden District Council is searching for fly-tippers responsible for dumping the material on the road
'Have you noticed a large amount of stockpiled asbestos suddenly disappear? The asbestos was from more than one building.
'Thank you for helping us fight the fly tippers.'
Anyone with information should contact the council on 01892 602735 or email [email protected]