Maldon District Council is to switch to weekly food waste collections but fortnightly pick-ups of other materials.
The district, which collects from 27,000 homes across a largely rural part of Essex, intends to make the change in summer 2016 and will procure a contractor for the work.
Both recyclables and residual waste are at present collected weekly by Maldon’s contractor Enterprise.
Director of customers and community Richard Holmes said: “Councillors agreed to change the existing waste and recycling collections to a system of weekly food collection together with alternating weekly refuse and recycling collections.
“Maintaining our existing collections is unaffordable due to the escalating costs of dealing with waste, but this has provided us with an opportunity to review our service, seek to maximise our recycling opportunities and to offset costs for the disposal of materials which cannot be re used.”
Under the new system residual waste will be collected from wheeled bins instead of black plastic sacks, following complaints from residents that the sacks split or could be torn open by animals.