A councillor has called on residents of a north-east town to check their yellow grit bins before winter.
Gillian Owen, who represents Ellon and district, said she has been disappointed to find litter in the bins instead of grit recently.
There are approximately 1,400 of the grit bins, used to battle snow and icy conditions, at strategic positions within Aberdeenshire towns and villages.
She said: “This time last year I made a plea for residents to check their yellow grit bins.
“I was disappointed to see that my local grit bin in the library was again full of rubbish.
“Could I make a fresh appeal to residents with the onset of winter to not only check their grit bins are full but that any rubbish is taken away.
“Could I urge anyone out late at night to put their rubbish in a proper bin not the grit bin.”
Aberdeenshire grit bins can be replenished by calling 03456 08 12 05.