Changes to bin collections across the district will come into force on Tuesday.
Around a third of households will see their collection days change as a new multi-million pound waste facility.
The South Kirkby waste site will process all the district’s waste, diverting 95 per cent away from landfill sites.
The changes were due to start in March but were delayed after machinery for the plant got stuck in a frozen river in Canada.
Wakefield Council said the new bin collection system will now start on Tuesday, July 14.
Glyn Humphries, the council’s service director of environment and streetscene, said: “This is the biggest change in the district’s waste collections for many years and affects more than 150,000 households.
“We will do our absolute best to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.
“Please bear with us, if we don’t get it right please get in touch and we’ll sort it out as soon as we can.”
Letters have been sent to householders informing them of the changes.
A council spokeswoman said bins may be collected at different times of day from Tuesday and asked people only to report them not being collected after 5pm.
Coun Maureen Cummings, the council’s cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “The changes we’re making to the way we collect and deal with our rubbish will result in a better environment for the district in the long term.
“It’s really important that people put the right items into the right bins, because the waste goes into different streams in the recycling centre.”
Under the new system, collections will be weekly, with recycling collected one week and household waste collected the other.
People are advised to wash and squash items before binning them.
Householders will have three bins, one for household waste, one for garden waste and a third for recycling.
They are asked to put all household waste in their green bin, recycling in their brown bin and garden waste in their separate brown bin.
For more information on the changes visit the council’s website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/binchanges