More than 23 tonnes of kitchen food waste has been collected in the first two days of Cheltenham's waste and recycling scheme.
The project is part of Cheltenham Borough Council's attempt to cut the amount of refuse sent to landfill.
A council spokesman said it estimated the two days' waste had saved it £1,300 in landfill tax.
"We're pleased with the results... to think this would have all gone to landfill is frightening," he said.
"Local residents should be pleased that on only day two of the scheme, they have made such a big difference," he added.
Household bin collections now move to fortnightly and the new weekly food waste collection will take place as part of the recycling drive.
The borough council hopes to recycle 50% of household waste by 2015.
The current fortnightly kerbside recycling service remains unchanged.