COUNCIL chiefs are set to put locks on recycling bins in Aberdeen in an attempt to stop people using them for ordinary rubbish.
Aberdeen City Council will trial the locks on food recycling containers in the city centre to try to tackle the problem.
Altogether 20 bins will be fitted with the locks on 11 streets.
They are Adelphi, The Green, Carmelite Street, Shiprow, Trinity Street, Huntly Street, Chapel Street, Rose Street, Castle Street, Holburn Street and Bon Accord Terrace.
The local authority’s Zero Waste Management convener, Councillor Jean Morrison said: “The food recycling bins have been located to make them as convenient as possible for residents to use.
“The bins are being well used by residents, but as they are located on busy footpaths, contamination is being caused by pedestrians using them as litter bins.
“Locking the bins will help to prevent this and ensure that all the food waste can be recycled.
“There is an issue of people putting non-food into the food waste bins.
“I think it’s worth a trial to see how it goes. It’s really about recycling the stuff that can be recycled. I don’t think it will put people off.
“The people using these bins will actually be quite grateful because it means they can actually get the stuff in.
“I would always recommend that where we’ve got recycling bins available people should use them.
“There’s usually a black bin beside it so you can put your general waste in general waste bins.”