Opposition councillors at a local authority have hit out at the new three-weekly bin collections.
Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee voted to approve a kerbside shake-up on Thursday.
Councillor Stephen Smith said he was disappointed about the new waste strategy, which was passed by nine votes to five.
He said it will reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste Aberdeenshire homes will be able to dispose of each week by half.
The decrease is due to moving to a three-weekly collection for residual waste and the replacement of 240 litre bins to smaller 180 litre containers.
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Cllr Smith proposed an amendment to keep the bigger bins for a three-week collection with the 180l one being used for paper and card recycling in the short-term.
The proposal would have been funded in large by Zero Waste with the Peterhead South and Cruden councillor saying it would save an estimated £315,000 annually.
He said: “We felt our proposal to keep the existing 240 litre bins for residual waste was a pragmatic way forward.
“It is the approach many other councils have adopted when moving to a three-weekly collection and one which would have allowed for a smoother transition for those households which are already doing their best to recycle what they can.
“Having 180 litre bins on a three-weekly cycle is where we ultimately need to get to. However, by doing it in this way, the council administration risks alienating people.”
Infrastructure services committee chairman Peter Argyle said: “Had the partnership been serious in bringing forward this proposal, they would have raised it at the cross-party Waste Management Working Group.
“Instead they waited until the committee meeting so it seems it was a notion put together at their group meeting on Monday morning.”