A Birmingham Labour MP is calling on his colleagues in the Council House to scrap the controversial 'garden tax', saying the measure lacks public support and credibility.
While opposition Tories and Lib Dems have campaigned for the restoration of free garden waste collections in Birmingham, Northfield MP Richard Burden is the first senior Labour politician to come out against the council policy.
Earlier this year, the Labour-run council removed the free-for-all doorstep collection of grass cuttings and introduced an optional service with a £35 per year charge - saving £2.5 million a year.
It led to widespread fly-tipping of bags stuffed with garden waste and long queues at council tips during spring bank holidays.
Now, Mr Burden is saying the whole policy should be scrapped.
"No local charging system can work properly if it is not seen to have credibility. Unpopular or not, it needs to command public consent," he said.
"Whether because of problems with the organisation of its introduction, the expansion of fly-tipping or congestion at recycling centre, the fact is that in Birmingham green waste charges have not been able to command the public consent achieved in other areas to date.
"I therefore believe the council must change course and my recommendation is that the charge be dropped."
He added that, if the charge remained, there needed to be serious modifications to make the service work, including an end to the "high-handed manner in the way customers are treated".
He argued that fly-tipped bags needed to be cleared swiftly rather than being left to blight roads.
With grass cuttings expected to reach a peak again next spring, during the general election campaign Labour councillors and MPs are keen to avoid more scenes of bags full of grass piled high in the streets for which they may be blamed.
Garden waste was blamed for Labour's loss of two council seats this year.
But Mr Burden also criticised Conservative rivals who campaigned aggressively on the issue, saying they blamed the council for the widespread fly-tipping, rather than the individuals.
A city council scrutiny committee is conducting an inquiry into the green waste charges but looking at improving the service and tackling issues rather than scrapping the charge.
The council is believed to be looking at more community composting initiatives to reduce demand and make it easier for people to dump grass cuttings.
Cllr Lisa Trickett, cabinet member for a green, smart and sustainable city, said: "I have every sympathy with Richard as there are some particular problems in his constituency.
"We have a significant number of subscribers in Northfield but it is also a service that is not affordable for many in the same area. We are working with him on alternatives like composting and other local responses through the housing department.
"Dialogue is ongoing and we remain open to discussing any issues he may have on behalf of constituents.
"But we cannot escape the fact the universal free service was unfair to those without gardens and financially unsustainable as a result of central government cuts imposed upon Birmingham.
"We have had some teething troubles in the transition from a free to a paid service but we have made every effort to put these right and will continue to do so."