A new way of collecting recyclable grade textiles is being trialled in more than 5,000 homes across South Holland from Monday (March 3).
The aim of the scheme is to divert recyclable textiles - which residents are currently putting in green recycling bags or black waste bags - from disposal.
South Holland District Council is working in partnership with The Salvation Army for the six-month trial.
It will be run in the Pennygate area of Spalding, Gosberton, Quadring, Holbeach Hurn, Holbeach St Marks, Holbeach St Matthew, Fleet, Fleet Hargate and Gedney Drove End.
District council waste and recycling officer Laura Simpkins said: “Currently 1,800 tonnes of textiles are thrown away each year in South Holland.
“We’re hoping to divert more textiles from disposal by recycling recyclable grade items in this kerbside trial.
“We’ve chosen these areas to trial the scheme so that we have a widespread catchment.”
Recyclable textiles include clothes, shoes and home furnishings. Even if items are worn out, stained, ripped, or only one of a pair, they can still be recycled.
Rugs, carpets and duvets cannot be accepted, nor can items which are soiled or have paint or oil on them.
Laura stressed that residents are still being encouraged to consider using their local charity shop for reusable textile items.
Three different bags will be used for the trial – the usual green recycling bag (which must be used separately from other dry recycling), a blue bag and a Salvation Army branded bag.
The district council will establish which proves most effective as the trial progresses.
The hope is that the scheme will prove popular and it can be rolled out across the district.
Households in trial areas will receive a leaflet through their door explaining what they need to do to participate.
Bags will be collected by a van following the recycling collection vehicle and the driver will carry identification. The bags will be taken to The Salvation Army’s depot in Kettering, Northamptonshire, for sorting.
The trial is being financed by a £19,000 grant successfully bid for by the district council under the WRAP Collection of Recycling Grade Textiles scheme.
Several other councils across the country are running similar trials.