Salvation Army benefits from increase in textile recycling
Published on 12th June 2018
Local residents have donated a staggering 134 tonnes of clothing and shoes to The Salvation Army in recent months.
21 tonnes have been collected from the new the kerbside recycling scheme which began in October, with the rest donated at the council’s recycling banks.
The donations are passed by the council to The Salvation Army who support vulnerable people nationwide, including providing food and shelter for the homeless, supporting unemployed people back into work, and providing care and friendship for lonely older people.
Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment said: ‘’Local residents have really got behind textile recycling and we are seeing vast amounts being donated both in the kerbside boxes and at the recycling banks. It’s incredible that since the launch of our new recycling service last October, we have collected 134 tonnes. Not only is this great for the environment, but through The Salvation Army, it is also benefiting vulnerable people all over the UK.’’
Tony Hosking, head of clothing collection at The Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd said: “This is a fantastic result and we’re delighted to see local residents getting involved with donating textiles. Every donation helps us to enhance the valuable work of The Salvation Army and so it’s very encouraging to see such positive figures.’’
Residents are reminded to put dry clean clothing and paired shoes into tied bags before popping them into their green kerbside box or one of the recycling banks. Unfortunately wet clothes and shoes cannot be accepted.
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