SOFT plastic is to be added to the materials recycled by Stratford District’s refuse collectors.
Clean Aluminium foil, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and food containers/trays will be among materials recycled by Stratford District Council’s recycling service from Tuesday, December 1.
Carrier bags and plastic food wrapping, such as cling film, will still cannot be recycled.
The council has achieved a record 63 per cent recycling rate, its previous figure having been 47 per cent.
It believes this service extension will help it achieve a 65 per cent rate next year and eventually 75 per cent.
Coun Simon Jackson, the council’s environment portfolio holder, said: “Extending our recycling service to include other types of plastics will help us to recycle more and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, which is good news all round.
“Our recycling figures are really encouraging and it demonstrates that people are really taking the recycling message on board and taking positive action to help us in our continuing quest to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill, as well as safeguarding the environment.”
The council has agreed to buy a small number of additional bins to help larger households contain their recycling and also smaller bins that are better suited to some homes.