Rubbish piled up in a Black Country street for two-and-a-half weeks due to a binmen's pay dispute has finally been cleared - after residents threatened to dump it at Wednesbury Council House.
The Friar Park estate in Wednesbury is just one area of Sandwell hit by binmen in the borough working to rule.
People living in Walton Road, Johnson Road and Booth Road, all in Friar Park, had not had their bins collected since June 28 and told of how the pavements were covered with black bags.
They were threatening to drop them at the council house in Holyhead Road, Wednesbury.
But within hours of making the threat yesterday, Sandwell Council sent a lorry to clear up the mess.
Mother-of-two Jackie Harris, aged 46, of Walton Road said: "It was disgusting. There were piles of bags all over the pavement."
Miss Harris, a carer, added: "I had 12 bags collected, my neighbour had 18, it's a good job they came. People were talking about dumping it all at the council house in Wednesbury."
Last week the Express & Star revealed how two homes in Broadway, Hill Top, went without collections for five weeks. Last month Jenny Close and Julie Croft, in Tipton, were left without collections for a fortnight.
Refuse workers in Sandwell are currently planning industrial action in a row over new pay scales. Before the planned walkout the binmen are working to rule, leaving rubbish out on the streets.