Aberdeenshire Council has announced a series of changes at its household recycling centres.

From tomorrow (Wednesday 29 July) booking slots will be reduced from 30 minutes to 15 minutes to reduce queues at the start of appointments.

The number of available bookings at Insch and Portsoy will also increase from 36 to 96 per week.

From Saturday, residents will be allowed to book eight slots over a four-week period, rather than the current two slots per week, to allow people who are carrying out specific projects to access sites more often in a shorter period of time.

That day will also see a change at the centres in Portsoy, Insch, Westhill, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Turriff and Laurencekirk. These sites will allow pedestrians to enter between midday and 12.30pm – which will not require a booking.

Claire Loney, reprocessing and disposal manager at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “After listening to your feedback, these changes aim to address more specific needs and offer greater flexibility for the public.

“These new arrangements are a step closer towards ‘normality’, and we hope they are met with the same success as previously plans.

“The booking system will remain in place for the time being to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and I would like to thank residents for their continued support and patience as we enter this new stage.”

Bookings can be made by visiting the council website or by calling 03456 081207.

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