Refuse collections across Herefordshire have been delayed after batteries were stolen from a fleet of lorries.
Thieves cut cables and stole the batteries from 22 lorries belonging to contractor Focsa over the weekend, Herefordshire Council said.
Richard Wood, waste services manager, said the council was working quickly to get vehicles out but expected "severe disruption" to Monday's collection.
He said residents should put their rubbish out as usual.
All parts of the county were likely to be affected.
The council said it had informed police after discovering that thieves had stolen batteries from the engines of 22 of the 32 refuse lorries which were parked at a depot in the county.
Mr Wood apologised for any inconvenience caused by the disruption.
Anyone with information about the incident has been urged to contact West Mercia Police.