A pilot scheme which rescues unwanted furniture from landfill sites has proved so successful it could be rolled out across the country.
The Magpie Project encourages people not to dump household items at Banchory's Crows Nest rubbish tip but to give them to charity instead.
The project, which was launched two years ago, has become a huge success, with around 60% of the waste received at the site now recycled and many of the items are given to families in need.
Local councillor Linda Clark, who is also a member of the Magpie Project team, said: “You would not believe the amount of stuff that is in there - anything from pieces of wonderful furniture to artefacts.
“There are lots of people who need stuff and don’t have the money. We might live in an area where there are some wealthy people and it’s great that they donate but there has to be a recipient coming and we have that with families who are really suffering and people who are coming out of prison who are maybe trying to start a home.
“I think people now know us and we are beginning to get that respect. They know what we are going to do with the stuff that is recycled.”