Changes to the way recycling is collected in Aberdeenshire are being rolled out in the North-east of the area in March.
In advance of the improved service, new blue-lidded bins and food waste caddies are being delivered to households in and around settlements.
These include Boddam, Cairnbulg, Crimond, Cruden Bay, Fetterangus, Fraserburgh, Hatton, Inverallochy, Longside, Maud, Mintlaw, New Aberdour, New Deer, New Pitsligo, Old Deer, Peterhead, Sandhaven, St Combs, St Fergus, Strichen and Stuartfield.
The changes begin on March 17 , with letters currently being sent to just under 26,000 households advising of the new arrangements, relevant dates and all materials which will now be recycled.
The changes are being introduced in phases across Aberdeenshire as part of efforts to improve the service and meet national recycling targets. A new system of mixed recycling means recyclable materials will be collected together in the same wheeled bin, replacing the blue and black boxes currently used in urban areas.
Rural households will have the same service as those in urban areas for the first time with their new mixed recycling bin and all areas will also receive a food waste collection.
The new system of collections began in early November 2013 in the north west of Aberdeenshire and the service is being brought in in seven phases, finishing in the Kincardine and Mearns area in 2015.
Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “By adopting the co-mingled option, the council can increase the range of materials it can collect at the kerbside, which in turn is expected to increase the rate of recycling to 45%.
“This will mean an improvement both to the service offered to householders, and to the amount of material the council can recycle.”
Materials which will be included in future collections, which are not currently picked up, will include brown cardboard and other plastic packaging such as yoghurt pots and margarine tubs.
The changes mean each household will have two wheeled bins - one for recyclable materials, the other for residual waste, and a smaller food waste container.
Recycling and waste will be collected on alternate weeks, with food waste picked up each week.
ISC vice-chair Alan Buchan said: “It is hoped this system will prove to be more convenient for residents who will be able to recycle more of their waste and not have to separate their recycling into separate containers.”