The Environment Agency is investigating several incidents of waste being dumped on vacant commercial land and inside commercial units.
Locks were cut and changed, obstacles moved, and units and offices entered without the knowledge or permission of the owners or agents.
These landowners are now faced with bills of tens of thousands of pounds to clear this dumped waste.
Lesley Robertson, Environmental Crime Team Leader at the Environment Agency said:
We’re urging landowners in Grays and Thurrock to be vigilant and check any vacant land or units that they many own, rent or manage for signs of fly-tipped waste on a regular basis.
Please report any large fly-tipping of waste or any suspicious activity to our free phone incident line 0800 807060. If you witness this type of fly-tipping in progress, please report it to Essex Police immediately.
Waste crime is a serious offence with tough penalties. It can damage the environment, blight local communities and undermine those who operate legally.