A new recycling regime and food collection has started in Ellon and the surrounding area this week.
Under the changes, residents will now be able to put their food waste into a kitchen caddy used with free liners making it clean and easy to use and store.
This is then transferred to a green outdoor caddy for collection at the kerb side.
On a weekly basis all cooked and uncooked food waste, including bones, will be collected.
Recycling and waste will be picked up on alternate weeks.
The new system of fortnightly co-mingled recycling will see recyclable materials collected together in the same bin, replacing the blue and black boxes which are currently used.
New materials will now be accepted in the recycling collections which include cardboard and plastic pots, tubs and trays such as yoghurt pots and margarine tubs.
Rural households will be included in the new service, receiving both the co-mingled recycling service as well as the food collection service.
Almost 12,000 homes across Ellon, Newburgh, Fyvie and Balmedie should have already received letters suggesting when the new service will begin in their area.
An information booklet was delivered with food waste caddies giving details of how to use the new containers and what can go in them.
For more information telephone Wasteline on 0845 600 3 900 or visit http://bit.ly/1l0QRk5.
The changes are designed to help the council meet the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste targets by increasing the range of materials collected at the kerbside, raising the recycling rate.