Kerbside recycling collections are to start again in Westray and Shapinsay next month.
Before lockdown measures were put in place in March, both islands had an alternate weekly collection – with waste picked up one week and recyclables the next.
That will be the pattern when collections resume in November.
But there will be a difference – with householders asked to put out two types of material at each recycling collection.
For Westray, an alternate weekly collection will begin again on Tuesday November 3, when general waste will be collected.
In Shapinsay, the usual collection day is being switched from a Friday to a Wednesday. The first Wednesday collection will be on 11 November – and will be for glass and plastic bottles.
The reintroduction of this service follows the purchase of an additional recycling wagon, which can carry two types of recyclable materials picked up from the kerbside. This is why each fortnightly collection will be for two types of recycling.
North Isles councilor Graham Sinclair, Orkney Islands Council’s chair of Development and Infrastructure, said: “I am pleased we can now bring back a valued service that had to be suspended when the Covid-19 lockdown was announced earlier in the year.
“The changes we’ve needed to put in place will help us provide a safe and efficient service in the two islands. I hope folk will soon get used to recycling in fortnightly installments – two materials at a time.”
The council will continue to publicise these changes over the weeks to come – look out for the latest information on the OIC Updates Facebook page.
Other communities in the North and South Isles have different waste and recycling arrangements.
The Council is considering potential improvements to waste and recycling services across Orkney. All have been affected by Covid-19 restrictions.