Hammersmith and Fulham Council stands accused of making a U-turn on refuse and recycling policy.
In October 2006 the borough introduced a pilot scheme to issue £100 fines to residents north of Goldhawk Road who leave recycling in black bin bags.
But last Wednesday cabinet member for crime and anti-social behaviour Cllr Greg Smith slammed a government incentive scheme to reward residents for recycling or charge them for producing too much waste.
He refused to comment yesterday but in a statement pledging to collect rubbish and recycling together on the same day every week, he said: "With the recession beginning to affect household budgets in ever more real ways, the idea of heaping more expense on hard-working families, is one we cannot and will not support.
"We are cutting council tax bills by three per cent again this year and we are not prepared to go along with government proposals that undermine that benefit to our residents."
He added that he was also ruling out a 'pay as you throw' scheme.
Wendell Park Community Group's John Grigg of Aylmer Road, Shepherd's Bush, where the recycling pilot is taking place, asked: "Why did the council instigate a pilot scheme which is still running and which enables them to charge if they wish?
"Now they are doing a u-turn and saying they're not going to take up government policy on something they instigated on their own initiative 12 months ago."
Since the pilot started running, no-one has been fined but 150 legal written warnings have been issued to residents.
Mum-of-four Lyndsey Freebury (pictured) , 27, of Wyfold Road, Fulham, recently complained to the council about rubbish left uncollected outside her house, welcomes a council promise to reject fortnightly collections favoured by other boroughs.
She said: ""I think collections should be weekly. Collecting the rubbish fortnightly isn't going to make people more likely to recycle."