A controversial charge for a bulky waste collection service may be axed following a massive drop in its use and accusations of increases in fly-tipping.
Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors on Merseyside's Wirral Council are calling for a report into the effect on the authority's budget by scrapping charges on removal of bulky waste from people's homes.
A £15 charge was introduced four months ago on the Eric service and since that time the number of calls to the service has dropped by 80% and 58 extra tonnes of rubbish had been illegally dumped in the borough.
She added that the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives had banded together to outvote Labour councillors to force a rethink and look at the implications on council tax bills.
The drop in calls had led to a shortfall of £250,000 in expected income from the service based on the charge being introduced.
A spokesman for the council said: "Increases in the amount of fly-tipping reported cannot be directly attributed to changes in the Eric service.
"Fly-tipping has gone up nationally and does so every year. Added to that, Wirral is now recording it more effectively."