This was the scene in suburban Shootersway Lane after a load of flytipping was dumped in the middle of it.
Neighbours awoke to the shocking mess this morning, and the police were called to close the road – which is now dangerous to drivers.
Flytipping is a crime and the maximum penalty is a fine of up to £50,000 and a year in prison.
It is not yet known whether the Shootersway Lane rubble has been reported to Dacorum Borough Council, which is responsible for disposing of all illegally dumped waste and prosecuting the people responsible for it.
Environmental health team leader Nick Egerton recently said: “Our enforcement team will visit and assess each report of flytipping within the borough.
“This includes flytipping on land that is not owned by Dacorum Borough Council.
“The officers will gather any evidence to identify the source of the waste or any vehicles that are witnessed to be involved.
“Any person found to be responsible for either fly tipping or related duty of care offences will be prosecuted.”
Dacorum Borough Council says the Shootersway Lane flytipping has been reported, but as it is causing an obstruction to the highway, Herts County Council will have to dispose of it.