CRIEFF Recycling Centre officially re-opened its doors last Thursday following an extensive revamp.

The upgrading has seen the entry road resurfaced, and an improved layout of facilities, with bays for garden waste, timber, rubble, soil and stone.

Mixed plastics, carpets and plasterboard are also newly being accepted for recycling.

Construction of the new transfer station for waste and recyclable materials will also make a difference to residents and businesses and from the beginning of April, for the first time businesses in the Crieff area will have access to a dry mixed recyclate collection.

Many homes in the Strathallan area will now also be able to receive the domestic Kerbside Recycling Service - these homes will be notified by post.

The transfer station will cut the number of bin lorry journeys needed to take kerbside waste to Perth, as the council will be able to store waste onsite in bulk before transporting it on.

Environment Convener, Councillor Alan Grant officially opened the site on Thursday, March 1, saying: "It is great news that all the work undertaken to improve the Crieff Depot is starting to pay off. Already, people have made good use of the Recycling Centre since it re-opened in October, and the addition of the new range of materials has also proved popular.

"The patience shown by residents throughout the redevelopment period was very much appreciated and I am sure that now the centre is open, they will see the benefits of the improvements undertaken. By developing a new transfer station this has made services more accessible, providing both householders and businesses with improved facilities for recycling their waste."

Strathallan Councillor Tom Gray was also amoung the guests celebrating the new site. He said: "This is a highly efficient and user-friendly facility, easily accessed from a wide area and with a proud and helpful staff on hand to assist with every eventuality.� The infrastructure at Crieff Recycling Depot will immediately generate great savings in transport by removing the�requirement�of limited capacity vehicles�travelling to and from Perth and the Binn Farm site."

For further information about waste and recycling services in Perth and Kinross, contact 01738 476476, email recycle@pkc.gov.uk or visit www.pkc.gov.uk/recycle