West Norfolk Council residents are being asked to join a Shwopping initiative to recycle old clothes.

The borough council has joined Marks and Spencer and Oxfam in encouraging shoppers to ‘buy one, give one.’

Old clothing and textiles can be donated to Oxfam by dropping them into the Shwop box in Marks and Spencer when a new clothes are bought.

A series of shwopping events at council-run leisure centres are being held at which people donating clothing will receive a £5 Marks and Spencer voucher along with a choice of either a seven-day Bodyworks pass to be used in any centre between June 1 and 30; a junior swim voucher to be used in June or a voucher that can be used to buy a roll of caddy liners from July 1 to 31. The voucher can be used when £35 or more is spent on clothes, home or beauty.

“This initiative is to raise awareness about the benefits of digging out those unloved items from the back of the wardrobe and donating them,” said Hayley Kurt, marketing and development manager.

Marks and Spencer store manager Paul Rich said the store was ‘delighted’ to be working with the council.

Old clothing can be taken to Downham Leisure Centre on Wednesday (22) from 10am to 1pm or 4pm to 8pm and Thursday from 4pm to 8pm. St James pool, Lynn, from noon to 3pm on Monday, 4-8pm Tuesday and Wednesday Oasis Leisure Centre from 9.30am-12.30pm and 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday and 9.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday. Lynnsport from 4pm to 8pm on Tuesday, 10am to 1pm on Wednesday and Thursday.