MORAY Council has enlisted the help of a superhero to save taxpayers’ money.
Enviroman will make his first public appearance at Lossiemouth Raft Race on Sunday, where he will be encourage people to recycle more of their household waste.
The local authority area has the second best recycling record among Scotland’s 32 councils – except when it comes to food waste.
It is estimated around 5000 tonnes of scraps finds its way to the Dallachy site every year when it should have gone for recycling, costing council tax payers around £400,000 in landfill tax.
Waste officer Mike Neary, said: "Enviroman has seen all the material that ends up in landfill that should never be there, and he’s determined to help us all do better.
"We could save so much taxpayers’ money by using our recycling bins better, and he’s keen to get that message out to everyone."
Enviroman will be a regular sight at fetes and galas across the area, and anyone wishing to see him at their events should contact Mr Neary.
Food waste should be deposited in the brown recycling bin along with garden waste.
Checks carried out by the waste management team regularly find food waste in green bins, the contents of which go to landfill.
Moray has an overall recycling rate of 57.4 per cent which rose to more than 61 per cent in the first six months of 2016.
However around 34 per cent of the contents of a green bin is food.
Brown bin waste is sent to a recycling plant in Abe