‘If you cant wear it, recycle it’ is one of the key messages from Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Rupert Kyrle as residents are encouraged to recycle all their unwanted clothes and textiles as part of National Recycling Week from June 18-24.
Eastleigh Borough Council in partnership with Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) are working to help raise awareness of the importance of recycling textiles and encouraging residents to recycle all they can. Recycle Week 2012 was formally launched by the Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Rupert Kyrle at Eastleigh Market on Thursday 14 June where he met team members from SATCoL that work across theUK to promote and coordinate the collection, re-use and recycling of textiles.
Last year residents from throughout the borough recycled an impressive 314 tonnes of textiles through the collection banks. However, many other textiles that can be re-used or recycled are still being thrown away in the black wheeled bin. Approximately 3% of household waste is made up of textiles, and it is estimated that more than 1million tonnes of textiles are send to landfill each year.
SATCoL reuses or recycles over 99% of items that are donated regardless of the quality and almost 80% of all donations are reworn. The rest are shredded or broken down to make mattress filling, industrial wipes, or soundproofing in cars. Less than 1% of recycled textiles cannot be used again and are sent to landfill/incineration.
Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Rupert Kyrle said:
“I am so pleased to see residents taking time to recycle their unwanted textiles. We all need to be actively thinking about where we are putting our waste, before placing it in the general waste bin as so much can be recycled. Eastleigh Borough residents work so hard to recycle, and with the summer challenge to recycle as much as they can I hope we will all remember to think before we bin.”
Paul Ozanne, National Recycling Co-ordinator at SATCoL said:
“Textiles are the UK’s fastest growing household waste stream and by recycling unwanted clothes and textiles we can help the environment by reducing what we send to landfill and reusing valuable resources”.
“We are very pleased to be working with Eastleigh Borough Council during Recycle Week. The response from residents ofEastleighborough has been fantastic and we’d like to thank everyone for their generous donations.
“All of our profits are gift-aided to The Salvation Army to support its social welfare projects caring for vulnerable people throughout theUK, so residents have helped raise money for charity as well as being ‘green’. Projects include homeless services, care centres for the elderly, substance misuse support, disability services, family tracing services and much more.”
To recycle your textiles, please bag them up in carrier bags and take along to your nearest bring bank or charity shop. You can find your nearest bring bank site using www.recyclenow.com or www.wear2bank.co.uk. Remember: If you don’t wear it, recycle it!