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New bags will encourage textile recycling

Tuesday, 17th July 2012.

All Haverhill households will be getting new bags from next week, for recycling textiles.

All of Suffolk will soon receive the textile recycling bags as part of a trial scheme.

From Monday, Suffolk residents will receive a pack of two specially designed textiles recycling bags, provided by the Suffolk Waste Partnership (SWP), enabling them to recycle their old clothes and other textiles.

Residents simply need to put their old and worn textiles in the bag, tie the bag securely and place it inside the recycling bin on top of your other loose recyclables.

By putting the bag at the top of the recycling bin, the council collection teams will clearly see it when they empty the recycling bin and leave a replacement bag.

Thousands of tonnes of textiles could be recycled and hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money could be saved with the introduction of this trial recycling scheme. Even the textiles bags themselves will be recycled.

A recent analysis of rubbish bins in Suffolk revealed around 7,000 tonnes of clothing and textiles end up in landfill every year. This costs taxpayers more than £600,000 in disposal fees. It is this material that the scheme aims to capture and recycle.

However, the SWP recognises and supports the work undertaken by charity organisations to re-use and recycle unwanted clothes and textiles.

Residents are strongly urged to continue to donate to charity shops or their local textile banks where they would normally do so.

The focus of the trial scheme is solely to collect and recycle the thousands of tonnes of textiles currently being sent to landfill. Residents will be able to recycle items charities may not accept such as old and worn clothing.

The scheme not only provides residents with an additional option to recycle more waste, but also helps the SWP move towards their aim to recycle or compost 60 per cent of Suffolk’s waste by 2015.

Acceptable items are as follows:
All clean clothing, shoes, boots, wellington boots, slippers, hats, scarves, gloves, bed linen, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, handbags, belts, clean underwear, curtains, towels, tea towels and stuffed toys.

Unacceptable items are as follows:
Dirty or oily items, duvets, quilts, sleeping bags, pillows, cushions and carpets.

The textiles collected will be sent to a reputable reprocessing company where they will be sorted into re-usable clothing or shredded and used as stuffing or wipes.

Cllr Peter Stevens, chairman of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, said; “We are delighted to broaden the range of materials we are able to collect for recycling.

"We encourage our residents to support this new scheme and help re-use or recycle those textiles they may currently be sending to landfill.

“However, I would like to remind people that they are certainly not being asked to give away any textiles and clothing they would normally donate to charity shops or place in charity textile banks.

"Our ultimate aim is solely to collect and recycle the textiles that are currently going straight to landfill – this is the area we need to tackle.”

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