Residents in Stafford Borough can now have their old clothes and electrical items taken by the binmen every week.
The borough council say householders can bag up clothes, shoes and handbags, for example, and leave them by the side of any bin on their collection day. The same goes for smaller electrical items such as kettles, toasters and clocks.
Residents will be getting hangers placed on their bins over the next few weeks telling them what can and cannot be bagged for collection. And it doesn’t matter whether they are put out on blue bin recycling day or the green bin general waste collection day, as it will all be taken.
The Council hope the move will help improve the quality, and increase the amount, of recycling they get from the 57,000 homes across the borough. Currently nearly 55% of everything taken from the kerbside is recycled – although earlier this year a collection was rejected by the processing plant after nappies and other non-recyclables were found in the load.
Council officers will be on hand to tell people about the textiles and electrical items scheme at roadshows in Stafford and Stone from 10am to 2pm next week. They will be at the High Street in Stone on Tuesday 13 September and Stafford’s Market Square on Thursday 15 September.
It is the latest in a long line of initiatives that have been rolled out by the Borough Council to increase recycling which saw them shortlisted for a national award last year. A one percent rise in household recycling is worth around £14,000 in ‘credits’ to the council which ultimately helps pay for the service and therefore keeps council tax down.
Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said:
“We are always looking for ways at encouraging people, and making it easier for them, to recycle.
“We have launched several initiatives that have helped us increase our recycling but now we also want to make sure the quality of what we recycle is improved as well.
This will avoid the cost incurred when a lorry load is rejected because the recycling is contaminated with unwanted items.”
The textiles and small electrical items will be collected each week if they are tied up in a carrier or white bin bag and placed by the side of either the blue or green bin on collection day.
For more information on recycling visit www.staffordbc.gov.uk/binday