New food waste collection and recycling services will begin the Kincardine and Mearns area from next month.
A new system of fortnightly collection will mean that recycling will all be collected together in the same wheeled bin, replacing the black and blue boxes currently used.
Food waste is collected in a green outdoor caddy, transferred from a kitchen caddy that is used with liners making it easy and clean to use and store.
Rural households will also be included in the new service. Recycling and waste will be collected on alternate weeks, with food waste picked up each week.
The new service will affect 18,500 households, including those living in the Stonehaven, Inverbervie, Laurencekirk and Portlethen areas. A blue-lidded, mixed recycling bin will be delivered to urban households from next week.
Rural households already have a blue-lidded bin for ‘paper only’ - this will become their mixed recycling bin.
Letters are due to be sent out to households from March 2, giving details of the new service and when it will begin. 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.
A small number of houses which currently have a bag collection service because they are unable to accommodate wheeled bins will be contacted directly about how the new service will affect them.