Continued misuse of a recycling point in Moray has forced its permanent closure.
The Newlands Lane site in Buckie has been repeatedly blighted by trade waste in recent months.
The amount of rubbish being wrongly dumped in the bins has resulted in the skips overflowing with waste – leaving no room for householders
Nearby residents have also complained about the town centre site becoming an eyesore.
Yesterday Moray Council announced the centre will now be permanently closed.
Buckie councillor, Sonya Warren, said: “Businesses are not permitted to use household recycling points and it’s frustrating that misuse by a minority will affect the wider community.
“However we do not have the resources to constantly clean up after businesses who are dumping their waste at the recycling point illegally.
“In Moray we do offer a robust waste and recycling service for households. In fact, when the recycling point at Newlands Lane was introduced, we didn’t offer a kerbside collection service – so the service we offer has vastly improved since then.”
Buckie Community Council has welcomed Moray Council taking action about the site following complaints from locals.
The authority has stressed that households affected by the move can request more recycling bins or use alternative sites in the area.