Kerbside recycling in Guernsey would not give value for money and would be fraught with difficulties, a government department has said.
The States Public Services wants to invest more in recycling centres rather than introduce collections.
Deputy Tony Spruce said if the centres were improved Guernsey's recycling level would increase.
But Deputy David De Lisle said scrapping the kerbside recycling idea was not what local people wanted.
He is one of a group of 19 deputies who is attempting to overturn the Public Services Department plans to invest in the island's recycling points.
A kerbside recycling trial operated at 1,750 homes in the north of the island for more than three years.
But Public Services said the amount of items recycled did not justify the expense of collecting them.
An island-wide scheme would cost between £600,000 and £1m a year, the department has claimed.