An Aberdeenshire charity has received £1,000 in funding to launch a project to recycle plastic.
Wood RecyclAbility provides practical work experience with waste wood for people with additional support needs.
The social enterprise makes a range of products such as bird tables, planters and garden benches from the material.
The group has now received a £1,000 boost from BP, which will be used to diversify its work by recycling rigid plastic.
The money will go towards the purchase of a bailer and granulator for the scheme.
Aberdeenshire East MSP, Gillian Martin, yesterday welcomed the announcement following her meetings with BP earlier this year.
She said:“This is good news for Wood RecyclAblity, and is a great start to their fundraising campaign as they look to purchase new equipment.
“This is tangible support for a social enterprise doing exceptional work locally.
“I am delighted that BP has offered its support following my requests when I met their vice-president earlier this year.
“I hope this money will just be the start of support for Wood RecyclAbility and would urge other oil companies and businesses to add their support.”
The letter from BP confirming the funding described Wood RecyclAbility as a very “interesting” project and praised members’ ambitions to expand into rigid plastics.
Since opening in 1997, the organisation has prevented over 30,000 tons of waste wood from going to landfill.