DUSTBINS in Kirklees were left overflowing for a week because of the recent snow.
Many areas hit by snow were left treacherous for dustbin lorries and the usual rounds had to be scrapped.
But some home-owners say the binmen should have got rid of the rubbish immediately after the thaw.
Instead, the bins that should have been emptied on February 24 had to wait another week.
A Linthwaite man, who asked not to be named, said in a letter to the Examiner: "What is it about the apparent inability to adapt when wintry conditions cause a temporary problem?"
"I accept the situation on the Thursday was beyond the control of the council. But as with many other things in the last week it is easy to blame the snow. It is not good enough to keep us waiting for so long."
But refuse bosses have said that even though the weather did improve, conditions were still dangerous for dustbin lorries.
A spokesman said: "Refuse collection was suspended on Thursday, February 24, in the interests of safety because of bad weather. We try to make other arrangements, but this was not possible because of continuing bad weather."