New, cleaner and more efficient vehicles to improve recycling and waste collection arrangements have arrived in Aberdeenshire.
Changes are about to begin to the way recycling is collected across the area as part of efforts to improve the service and meet national recycling targets.
The vehicles enable the introduction of a food waste collection service and the ability to recycle an increased amount of materials at the kerbside.
The rollout is starting around the Banff, Portsoy, Aberchirder and Turriff areas in early November.
Other areas will have the new services introduced gradually, finishing in south Aberdeenshire in March 2015.
They have a capacity of around 8.5 tonnes, meaning they can collect waste and recycling from about 500 homes before emptying the load.
Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “This is more convenient for many householders, provides a multi material recycling service to rural residents for the first time and and also allows all Aberdeenshire residents to recycle a wider range of plastic materials.”
Information providing details of the new arrangements will be sent to all households shortly before each phase of the new service is rolled out.