New food waste collection and recycling services will begin in the North east of Aberdeenshire on March 17.
A new system of fortnightly co-mingled recycling is being phased in, meaning recyclable materials will be collected together in the same wheeled bin, replacing the blue and black boxes currently used.
Food waste is collected in a green outdoor caddy, transferred from a kitchen caddy that is used with liners making it clean and easy to use and store.
Recycling and waste will be collected on alternate weeks, with food waste picked up each week.
Residents in the Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Mintlaw, Maud and New Pitsligo areas, along with some areas north of Ellon, have already received the new blue-lidded recycling bins.
Start dates for the new service will be in letters going out this week.
During the following week, food waste caddies and a supply of free liners will be delivered to households, that can be used immediately.
Materials included in recycling collections which were not previously picked up include cardboard and plastic pots, tubs and trays such as yoghurt pots and margarine tubs.
The changes are designed both to help the council meet the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste targets by increasing the range of materials collected at the kerbside and making it easy for householders to use, raising the recycling rate .
An information booklet will be delivered with the food waste caddies giving details of how to use the new containers and what can go in them.
Information is also available by calling Wasteline on 0845 600 3 900 or on the council’s website at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste