Residents can drop off unwanted items they want to donate to charity at Kirklees Council tips.

From Monday November 29 the council is launching a new “reuse your rubbish” initiative where they will accept certain items too good to skip.

Items left in special Reuse containers will be sorted by the council and distributed to charities and good causes. These items can then be sold to raise money.

The Reuse containers will be sited at the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Emerald Street in Huddersfield and Weaving Lane in Dewsbury.

The scheme is being launched as a pilot in response to a commitment the council made in its Waste and Recycling Strategy earlier this year. The aim is to roll out the project at all recycling centres in Kirklees if the pilots prove successful.

Clr Naheed Mather, Kirklees Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “This new reuse service sees us putting in place one more part of our waste strategy that aims to make Kirklees a carbon neutral district.

“It means that residents won’t have to make an extra journey to a charity shop in town if they want to recycle unwanted clothes, bric-a-brac and household goods.

“It means creating a cycle of use and reuse for items and, just as importantly, local good causes will benefit from our partnership work with them.”

From November 29, residents will be able to deposit the following in the two Reuse containers:

  • Clothing
  • Bedding/curtains
  • Complete toys
  • Small electrical items (must be working)
  • Furniture – small items that one person can carry
  • Bicycles
  • Books
  • CDs, records and DVDs
  • Jewellery
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Household items
  • Comics/magazines
  • Nursery/baby equipment.

Items that cannot be accepted at this time include:

  • Electrical cookers
  • Ceiling light fittings
  • Child car seats
  • Car batteries
  • Gas appliances
  • Computers
  • Fridges or freezers
  • Washing machines
  • Pirate copied CDs and DVDs.

Rachel Palmer, the council’s project manager for the reuse containers, said: “This is an important new initiative for Kirklees, with winners all round.”

The tips are open 8am-4pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sundays.