From 28 March, there will be a significant increase in the types of items which the council can accept from its kerbside recycling collections.

In addition to plastic bottles such as shampoo, detergent and drinks bottles, the local authority will also collect tinfoil, carrier bags, bread bags and vegetable bags.

They will also pick up plastic trays from microwave meals, fruit punnets or biscuits; plastic tubs such as margarine or ice-cream tubs; plastic pots such as those for yogurt, puddings, noodles and soup.

‘We are proud and delighted to announce this expansion to our recycling service. It has been a long-standing aim to increase the items which we can accept and we are delighted that we can now do so,’ said joint council leader Vaughan Moody.

‘The recent COP26 event in Glasgow brought issues of waste and recycling to the forefront of people’s minds. I know that there is a strong desire amongst residents to do more and we are happy to be able to facilitate that. Keep up the great work, East Dunbartonshire!’

Joint council leader Andrew Polson added: ‘This marks a significant move forward in our recycling capability and puts us as one of the leading local authorities when it comes to forging a green future.

‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank our communities for helping to support the recycling collection service over the years. East Dunbartonshire residents have consistently been amongst the top recyclers in Scotland and we look forward to expanding our kerbside service.’