Council chiefs have backtracked on plans to remove recycling bins from a Dundee estate.
But they have vowed to target fly-tippers who have been dumping rubbish at the site.
The Tele revealed this week that the local authority had told residents in Mill o’ Mains that large recycling containers on Eriskay Drive would be taken away.
It followed a spate of complaints from locals about bags and boxes filled with non-recyclable rubbish being dumped next to the bins.
The council had claimed it couldn’t find a new location for the bins and they would simply be taken away in a bid to curb the fly-tipping – which sparked criticism and fears the problem would only get worse.
But Councillor Kevin Cordell, convener of the council’s neighbourhood services committee, has now said there are “no firm plans” to move the bins.
He continued: “We are keen that people can dispose of their waste and recycling in their neighbourhood, close to their homes.
“But we need to ensure that any community does not suffer the blight of fly-tipping when people leave unsuitable items at the bins.
“I share people’s frustration that this is happening in their local area.
“I have asked officers to monitor this situation at Mill o’ Mains and we will be taking action against anyone who is found to be dumping items illegally.
“We will soon be embarking on another campaign to ensure people know how to dispose of their waste and recycling.”
A letter informing residents about plans to remove the bins had stated: “The recycling point serving the area was recently relocated to a site on Eriskay Drive.
“Unfortunately, the incidents of fly-tipping that blighted the previous site have continued with complaints coming in to the department on a frequent basis.
“Therefore, with regret, we are recommending the removal of the site.”
The council revamped its waste collections earlier this year, leading to the removal of wheelie bins dedicated to collecting glass, with residents instead encouraged to take bottles and jars to communal “bring sites” – which led to an accumulation of glass items at some recycling points.