RESIDENTS who are failing to recycle the correct items could be given a ‘red card’ under a new scheme.

Council chiefs say the ‘Right Stuff, Right Bin’ recycling campaign, which is taking place across most Greater Manchester authorities, will help residents to put items in the correct bin.

In Trafford, the pilot is being rolled out to around 1600 Timperley homes over the next eight weeks.

Each participating household will be visited by teams who will indicate on each recycling bin whether or not the correct items have been included.

Green ‘thank you’ tags will be left on all bins where the right stuff has been recycled.

On those where the wrong items have been left in the recycling bins, red tags will be left and the bins won’t be collected.

The tag will include a reminder of which items can be put in the bin for next time.

Anyone with a red tag left on their recycling bin is being encouraged to remove the items and contact Access Trafford on 0161 912 4000 to arrange for the crew to return and empty the bin.

Corporate director Helen Jones said: “Trafford’s recycling rates have increased significantly over recent years but we all know that more can be done.

“Recycling not only helps protect our environment but also saves significant amounts of money which can be reinvested into public services. I would encourage everyone to check they are only including recyclable items in their recycling bins.”

Council bosses say recycling the correct items could help save £25 million for Greater Manchester’s public services.

Anyone with questions about the campaign or what should go in your bin, are being encouraged to ring 0161 912 4000.