Councillors have approved plans to clamp down on business waste being disposed of at north-east recycling centres.
Aberdeenshire Council had been consulting with businesses and community groups on a new recycling centre policy in a bid to save around £500,000 a year.
A report to councillors on the infrastructure services committee (ISC) said 10,000 tonnes – around 20% – of waste handled at centres was from businesses.
It is illegal for firms to dispose of waste at household recycling facilities, with the new measures due to be implemented in January.
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Extra checks will now be carried out at recycling centres and residents who use large vehicles, but are disposing of household waste, will be given 24 permits for a year.
Councillor Peter Argyle, chairman of ISC, said: “We need a system that is robust and clear for the people working on site.”