Banbridge City Council in Northern Ireland has ended its four-weekly bin collection trial run despite an increase in the number of residents recycling.
In an independent survey, 92% of residents admitted always or usually recycling compared with 62% before the trial started.
Additionally, 69% agreed they would be happy to recycle more through the trial model if the money saved was reinvested in other services.
But the council is to revert to the previous system following the trial’s cessation on 31 March.
The new system was not implemented across the council’s entire jurisdiction, and officials said that maintaining different waste collection schemes was too complex.
They said the findings of the survey were useful but that a full roll-out needed further consideration as part of a wider overall waste management review.
Council chairman Marie Hamilton said: “We are confident that this latest innovation will provide a roadmap to further recycling gains and cost reductions.”
Northern Ireland environment minister Mark Durkan said: “I am aware of the great work that had been ongoing in the Banbridge area, but councils have different approaches to dealing with waste. As councils are now merging, we will see more of this after 1 April as they try to bring together different schemes.”