Councillor Louise Hughes, of LLanegrin in Gwynedd says the move to a three week black bag collection was a big and expensive mistake.
She said, “It’s ridiculous. They did a questionnaire and had almost 2,000 responses and most people said ‘no way’. I can’t believe they’re going to go ahead, it will be a complete, unmitigated disaster.
“What it will mean especially for coastal towns is seagulls will be ripping open bin-bags. What is the point of consultation and then saying ‘we’re going to do it anyway’?”
The new collection regime will come into force in October and will take 18 months to introduce. Gwynedd County Council says it will save £350,000.
Dustbins in Gwynedd will be emptied every three weeks instead of fortnightly following a vote by councillors.
The unanimous decision was taken by cabinet members claiming it was a sensible step repeated in other parts of the country.
The new timetable will come into force in October and will take 18 months to introduce throughout the county - it's claimed it will save £350,000.
The council heard that public surveys have shown that half of people anticipate problems with such things as nappy disposing. There were also concerns over rats, smells and bins becoming too heavy.
However there will be no changes to weekly household recycling, and food waste services, and a fortnightly collection of garden waste says the council.
Currently only half of Gwynedd residents use recycling bins.
“We must take steps to persuade those residents who continue to throw waste that can be recycled into their residential waste bins to start using the weekly recycling and food waste services,” says Councillor Gareth Roberts.
Cardiff Council is being criticised for an idea to replace black refuse bags for clear ones in an attempt to expose 'missed opportunities' for recycling.
The council says it must look into all opportunities to maximise the number of people who recycle. But the idea hasn't gone down well with everyone. Critics say it's an invasion of privacy. Megan Boot reports.
48 percent of household waste was recycled or composted in Wales in the 12 months to the end of March 2012, a rise of 4 percent on the previous year, according to a new report published by the Welsh Government. The administration has set a target of 52 percent by 2012-13.
I am delighted that the people of Wales are managing their waste in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. The key thing now is that we continue to build on our recycling success so that we can meet our challenging targets of 70% recycling by 2025 and zero waste by 2050. I am very hopeful that this summer will see us breaking the 50% barrier.