THE new and improved North Forr recycling centre opened its doors to Crieff residents on Monday (October 31).

With better access to the site and more space to recycle a bigger range of materials, local councillors and residents have welcomed the improvements.

The entry road to the centre has been resurfaced, and the layout of facilities improved, with easy-to-use bays for garden waste, timber, rubble, soil and stone.

In addition, mixed plastics, carpets and plasterboard will be accepted for recycling for the first time.

Initially, access is limited to mornings only while construction work is finished off but this is hoped to be finished before Christmas.

Local councillors have toured the site and praised the amount of planning and hard work gone into area.

Councillor Alan Grant said: "It is great news that Crieff Recycling Centre is reopened on Monday. "We appreciate the patience that residents have shown throughout the redevelopment period. I am sure that when they visit the site they will see the benefits of the improvements undertaken - providing a much more accessible facility with increased facilities for recycling their household waste." As construction works to complete the new waste transfer shed continue, the recycling centre will temporarily have shorter opening hours Mondays to Fridays, opening between 9am and 1pm.

This arrangement is expected to be in place until Monday, December 19.

Normal opening hours - 9am to 5pm - will continue to operate on Saturdays and Sundays.

Opening hours at Auchterarder Recycling Centre returned to normal on Monday, with it open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 5pm.

For further information, contact the customer service centre on 01738 476476, email recycle@pkc.gov.uk or visit www.pkc.gov.uk/recycle.