Residents in Aberdeenshire can claim free black and blue recycling boxes to help them recycle more as rules on waste collection start to be implemented.
Free blue-lidded paper bins are also available for rural residents.
Aberdeenshire Council is encouraging people to recycle more to help achieve higher recycling rates as well as budget savings.
With the Scottish Government setting a recycling target of 70% by 2025, and the area achieving 33% in 2010-11, there is a long way to go.
From September 5, the council will limit householders to one wheeled-bin each fortnight, with no excess waste (waste outside the bin) being collected.
Extra recycling boxes can help residents reduce the volume of waste in their bins so they are available free of charge from collection crews or by calling WasteLine on 0845 600 3900.
This policy for the correct use of household wheeled bins, (one bin per household, no excess waste) has been in place for a number of years, but will now be more firmly enforced, to encourage recycling.
Previously, excess waste may have been picked up by collection crews and many households are also known to have purchased extra bins.
It is known that many of these bins still contain a lot of recyclable materials which recycling containers and facilities are provided for.
By applying the policy, it is hoped persistent non-recyclers will be encouraged to recycle and compost more to fit all of their waste into one 240-litre bin.
Both extra, unauthorised bins and excess waste have similar cost implications for the council and by reducing the amount of garden waste and recyclable material currently placed in residual bins, the council expects to save £1million to 2013.
The move means a fairer deal for the majority of householders who dispose of waste responsibly by separating out materials for recycling.