Bags containing waste feared to be contaminated with asbestos lay beside a road for days after being reported to Fife Council.
Warning labels were plastered on the blue bags but the dumped debris remained in a layby on a single-track road near Kirkcaldy which is popular with walkers.
The rubbish discarded on the Jawbanes Road was reported to the council on August 20.
It was left at the roadside and marked as a danger while tests were conducted to determine whether it contained asbestos.
Dawn Jamieson, Fife Council’s safer communities team manager, said: “We investigated a report of hazardous illegal dumping at Jawbanes Road last week and immediately arranged for the material to be tested.
“Results show that it is not asbestos and we therefore do not need a specialist contractor to dispose of it for us.”
The council’s parks team was notified so it could deal with the fly-tipping.