People living next to a giant mountain of builders' waste claim their lives are being ruined by rats, flies and "stinky, putrid smells".
The growing mound of rubbish weighing 18,000 tonnes, towers 40 feet above their homes.
The operators of the site at St Paul's Cray in south east London have defied deadlines and court injunctions ordering them to move the waste.
The Environment Agency launched a new legal bid at the High Court this week to try end the 18-month stalemate.
The rubbish is being stored by a company, Waste4Fuel Ltd, which has a licence to separate the waste before sending it to be recycled.
Waste4Fuel company director Shelley Hurst told ITV News: "I'm sorry I'm not able to talk about it."
The High Court case brought by the Environment Agency was adjourned today until Monday.