DUDLEY Council House has gone green this week to encourage residents to get recycling.

Recycle Week, an annual celebration of recycling which runs until Sunday October 23, is focussing on how recycling can make a difference and how important it is to get it right and avoid putting one wrong item in the recycling bin which can make whole lorry loads unrecyclable.

Dudley Council hosted a composting webinar on October 20 and shared recycling tips to mark the awareness week, now in its 18th year.

Councillor Shaz Saleem, cabinet member for public realm said: “Recycling in the UK saves 18 million tonnes of Co2 a year. We take a host of items and in the last year or so have expanded the range of plastic items we are able to collect.”

He urged people to ensure they wash and squash plastic bottles and metal cans so vehicles can collect more items and he added: “Everyone really can play their part in reducing waste and helping the planet.”

Dudley residents can recycle glass, paper, card, drinks and food cans, aerosols, plastic drink and milk bottles, plus bleach, washing-up and spray bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and fruit and veg trays.

Carrier bags, plastic wrap, black food trays and polystyrene, drinks cartons, crisp packets or chocolate wrappers, Pyrex glass and window or sheet glass cannot be recycled.

Additional recycling bags and boxes can be ordered for free from dudleyrecyles.org.uk