A new recycling scheme in Rutland is set to be trialled in a bid to make recycling clothes and small electrical items easier than ever before.
Rutland County Council is working with Planet Aid to supply every property in the county with a red bag to recycle small electrical goods, and a green bag to fill up with clothes and shoes.
Ahead of the new six-month scheme, which starts on April 8, every property will receive an information leaflet and their green/red bags.
Items recycled by residents will help raise money to fund aid work in Africa and India.
Councillor Martyn Pocock, who is in charge of recycling for the council, said: “Despite already having the seventh highest recycling rate in the country, we are always looking for ways to improve the service we offer.
“I am sure residents will welcome these collections in addition to the charities they already support.”
The green clothing bag can be used for clothes, shoes that are in good condition, belts, handbags, belts, soft toys, curtains and blankets.
The red electrical collection bag can be used for mobile phones, remote controls, small radios, hairdryers, kettles and toasters.
Coun Pocock added: “The green and red bags will be collected from outside your property on the same day as your grey recycling bin, although not necessarily at the same time.
“All residents have to do is place the bags at the side of the bin ready for collection. They will be picked up during the day and new bags left ready for next time.”
Properties on the farms and lodges’ collection round will receive a slightly different collection service as part of the trial based on an appointment system.
Full details will be supplied in the information leaflets due to be delivered soon.
Planet Aid UK is a not for profit company which raises funds for development work in India and Africa.
For more information about the scheme, visit www.rutland.gov.uk/recycling or call 01572 722577.
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