Unwanted clothes can be left on the street to be collected and recycled for free.

Three Rivers District Council has introduced a trial service to collect the community’s unwanted textiles from their kerbside free of charge.

The items listed for collection include clothes, paired shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels and bed linens, which will then be recycled.

Chief executive Dr Steven Halls said: “We are pleased to be able to offer this free trial to residents as approximately 7,000 tonnes of textiles are thrown into landfill each year in Hertfordshire.”

The initiative aims to ensure the textiles will be reused and are encouraging people to make sure their items are accessible for collection.

Dr Halls added: “As well as the textile banks we have around the district and the Household Waste Recycling Centres which accept textiles this trial gives residents another route to have their unwanted clothes, shoes and other items recycled.”

For more information and to arrange your free collection go to my.threerivers.gov.uk.