Moray Council has signed a pledge to commit to further driving down the amount of waste ending up in landfill.
The local authority already has one of the highest recycling rates in the country.
Now it has backed the Scottish Government’s and Zero Waste Scotland’s household recycling charter.
The move means the authority must comply with national standards for collecting recycling while also opening up potential funding opportunities for improvements.
It also requires it to design services that keep in mind policies regarding non-recyclable waste while encouraging locals to reuse materials.
Council leader Graham Leadbitter signed the charter alongside chief executive Roddy Burns and the Scottish Government’s environment and climate change minister, Roseanna Cunningham.
Mr Leadbitter said: “Thanks to householders in Moray recycling 57.8 per cent of their household waste, we’re already among the highest performing councils in Scotland for recycling.
“We’ll endeavour to continue working with residents to recycle all that we can and reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.”