A RECYCLING scheme won't be rolled out across the district after a council decided a trial run had not been successful enough.

Braintree Council was working with Essex Textiles to trial fortnightly collections of unwanted clothes and other items in Coggeshall, Feering and Halstead for six months until May.

The council said just two tonnes of material, worth £2,500, was collected during the trial.

Essex Textiles works with three other councils across the county to collect clothes, bedding and other items to recycle it and prevent it going to landfill.

According to the council it involved 5,000 properties but saw responses from just 105 of them when it asked for feedback from residents.

Despite that, 52 percent of those who replied said they would use the service again.

A spokesman for Braintree Council said: "We have decided not to roll out the textile collection service district-wide due to the low resident take-up from the trial, the fact that there is already an excellent established market with a host of charitable organisations offering the service, including doorstep collection, and the continuing uncertainty with the recycling market and the future value of materials."

Essex Textiles did not wish to comment.