Ferryhill resident Adrian Atkinson has been fully on board with the recycling drive for some time now.
Mr Atkinson, who lives on Caledonian Place with his wife Rhona, describes himself as an “avid composter”.
As a result, the couple do not use one of the food waste bins that was offered by Aberdeen City Council.
However, the 60-year-old did take advantage of an offer from the local authority for a cut-price deal on the ‘green cone’ composting machine some years ago.
Mr Atkinson, a retired IT consultant, makes use of the compost on an allotment that he maintains on Holburn Street.
He said changes in terms of what is actually thrown away means there is less need for large general waste bins.
“I am particularly impressed by the fact that a lot of stuff that we could not recycle before, like ice cream tubs or yoghurt cartons, will now go in the mixed recycling container,” he said.
“That will considerably reduce the amount of stuff that goes in the general waste.”
Mr Atkinson believes there has been a shift in thinking among most people about recycling.
“I find it increasingly the case, particularly through education in schools, where children are being introduced to recycling at a young age.”
However, he said he understood that it may prove difficult for people living in tenement blocks or high-rise flats, or for larger families.
Mr Atkinson added: “I think if it is explained to people that they can put more into the recycling bin, then that will go some way to alleviate those fears.
“I think it depends on how many people live in a house, but I have to say that our experience is that we don’t find we get anywhere near filling our bin currently.”