Angus Council has ruled out moving to a new app system in the war on litter on cost grounds.
Community groups taking up the litter fight have voted overwhelmingly for the app system to be brought in.
Anti-litter crusaders believe the FixMyStreet Pro system could ease pressure on budgets long-term with more accurate reporting.
Ralph Coutts from Angus Communities Through the Lens said using the app would save the council many wasted journeys.
He said: “The FixMyStreet Pro version helps them do their job smarter, unlike the present.
“Our group carried out a poll on ways of reporting and the app came out tops by a country mile.
“Using the app takes just under a minute to make a report and it also uses GPS, taking you within four metres of the site.
“It also takes a picture of the waste but the council says it costs too much money in the long run.
“I think moving to an app system could ease pressure on budgets long-term with more accurate reporting.”
Mr Coutts said the Pro version would help build up a map of hotspots and repeat offenders.
He said he will be meeting with waste management next week.
A spokesman for Angus Council said it can, and does, receive emails via more than one “clean-up-type” app “but they tend to provide limited details”.