WORCESTERSHIRE County Council is raising awareness of the importance of recycling, through an Acorns Acorns Children's Hospice campaign.

Every can, aerosol, plastic bottle, pot, tub and tray (not black) that people put into their green bin will help to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice, which has its headquarters in Wythall.

Councillor Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member with responsibility for environment, said: "Getting people to recycle more is extremely important for a number of reasons. It helps to save energy, conserve natural resources and protect the environment.

“By running the Recycle for Acorns campaign, we’re all doing our bit to raise money for a great cause. If the campaign also encourages people to start recycling or to recycle more then that’s a fantastic achievement.”

To ensure that the recycling is good quality and will be recycled to raise these valuable funds, people are being urged to make sure that the recycling is clean (just a quick rinse will do) and loose (not in plastic bags).

Once collected, all the plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays in Worcestershire are reprocessed by companies in the UK.