NEWPORT recycling group Wastesavers, has welcomed a rise in plastic recycling across the city, but reminded residents to sort their waste properly.

Yesterday, the Argus reported a 15 per cent rise in the amount of plastic collected for recycling across the city last year, coinciding with the introduction of smaller 180 litre bins.

Wastesavers has been working in partnership with Newport City Council for more than 15 years to ensure it is as easy as possible for residents to recycle.

Residents can now recycle paper, card, plastic packaging, glass bottles and jars, cans, foil, aerosols, textiles, small electrical items, garden and food waste all from the comfort of their own home.

To reduce litter, clear bags for plastics were introduced in 2012. But Items such as plastic film, plastic bags and crisp packets cannot be collected in these bags.

Penny Goodwin, CEO of Wastesavers said: “We are delighted that households are recycling more and want to ensure that we can collect what they put out at the kerbside.

“It’s really important that only plastic bottles, plastic trays, tubs and pots are put in the clear bags, as unfortunately we cannot take plastic film or any other items in these bags.”