Two of the collection days fell in the Christmas and New Year period leaving the bins unemptied.
Some residents have contacted Saddleworth News saying this is unacceptable. They now have issues with extra refuse bags around their houses.
One resident asked why the council had not made any alternative arrangements and wondered how they thought people would manage, especially with the extra waste from the festive period.
Councillor Jean Stretton, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Devolved Services, said: “Residents received a new collection calendar in the spring of 2012 which highlighted days affected over the Christmas period and when collections would take place.
“The information was also communicated via our social media, the Council website and articles and advertisements in the local press.
“We made provision for additional collections of green waste (food/garden) on Saturday, December 29 so organic waste would still receive a weekly collection.
“The majority of residents across the Borough heavily support the recycling services and as the available bin capacity for households is now four times what it previously was relatively few residents have reported this as an issue. Recycling by the residents of Oldham has saved considerable cost by sending reduced levels of waste to landfill.
“We apologise if anyone has been inconvenienced but all additional waste and recycling will be collected on the next scheduled collection day or alternatively you can make use of our household waste recycling centre at Arkwright Street in Oldham.”