Progress is being made towards the construction of a household waste recycling centre at Badentoy, Portlethen.
Aberdeenshire Council have appointed an architect to prepare plans and agree the layout.
This is before lodging an application for planning permission.
The next step will be an application for a waste management licence which cannot be made until planning permission is granted.
The whole of the site off Badentoy Avenue has been stripped of topsoil and roadways are at sub base level.
Assuming all goes to plan it should open in the summer of 2015.
North Kincardine Councillor Ian Mollison said: “The intention is to licence the site for commercial waste (disposal only by arrangement) and we will also have facilities for dealing with third sector facility - charity operated re-use container(s) though the council does not have one particular organisation in mind at the moment.”