Richmondshire District Council this week left a number of the bins at locations across the district.
However, residents say the work was done without consultation and the bins are both ugly and unnecessary.
Castle Bolton resident Stuart Raw was unimpressed with the bin installed near his home in Castle Bolton.
He said it had taken him nine months to get planning for a building, but it seemed the district council “could put steel monstrosities wherever they wanted “.
He added: “I can’t believe that Richmondshire District Council felt it appropriate to travel around the dale just dumping them off with no explanation or regard for the residents.”
Redmire resident Rachel Willis has submitted a complaint to the council about the new bin her village.
She said: “Everyone is appalled at the sudden appearance of this unsightly bin in the middle of our beautiful village.
“We have no litter problem and it is felt the bin will only encourage passers by to pull up and deposit rubbish they would otherwise have taken home.
“As we know from recent experiences in Leyburn, once bins are full, some people feel it is acceptable to just leave their rubbish by the bins.”
Numerous residents have criticised the additions on social media with some even suggesting they should be removed and sold off for scrap, if the council doesn’t take them away.
The bins were installed by district council after the authority received some government funding for the work.
Colin Dales, corporate director for operations, said he was “surprised” by the adverse reaction.
He said the bins had been installed in areas which were popular with tourists and had a high-footfall, particularly in the summer months, to help people recycle.
“If there are specific issues then we are happy to talk them through with individual parish and town council representatives to see what can be done,” he added.