Binned clothes costing taxpayer £1.5 million

Lifestyle / Mon 22nd Jan 2018 pm31 05:05pm

Binned clothes costing taxpayer £1.5 million to dispose of

MORE than half of the clothes binned in Essex could have been reused or recycled, a move which is costing the Essex taxpayer more than £1.5 million a year.
Every household in the county throws away the equivalent of 36 woolly jumpers each year, according to Recycle for Essex, which is launching a campaign to remind residents that all textiles can be reused or recycled.

Throughout January, Recycle for Essex is temporarily putting piles of old clothes in Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Colchester to highlight to passers-by how much is going to waste.

Cllr Simon Walsh, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “If you no longer want a particular item or outfit, it’s likely someone else will. Unwanted clothes can be resold, rejuvenated, given to friends and family, recycled or given to charity.

“In Essex, all clean clothing and textiles can be recycled, and it’s never been easier for households in Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest and Rochford with kerbside collections.

“If you are not able to use kerbside collections, there are more than 150 textile banks across Essex, including those at Recycling Centres, which can take good quality clothing, as well as clean, worn out clothes which could be ripped or even have holes in it.”

Textiles are either reused or made into new material and used in everything from cloth wipes for industry to felt and yarn. Items that are reused can be sent to suppliers in other countries, creating jobs for warehouse staff, haulage companies and stall holders.

On Friday, 12 January we were in Basildon’s Eastgate Centre and on Friday 19 January, we were in Colchester High Street’s market.
We’ll also be visiting Chelmsford and Brentwood to help you learn how to love your clothes, with a free prize draw to win Red Letter Day experience vouchers too.
Tuesday 23 January, High Chelmer, Chelmsford
Friday 26 January, Brentwood High Street To find out more go to www.recycleforessex.com or www.loveyourclothes.org.uk
Notes to Editor

Local collections may vary, please see below for local details:

Basildon – Put all textiles including old clothing, shoes and handbags into a pink sack on their own then download and print off a TEXTILE LABEL and stick it on.

Braintree – take to nearest recycling banks

Brentwood – Leave unsorted textile items in the blue bags provided by Essex Textiles alongside red glass box on the morning of collection

Castle Point – Position you Textiles Recycling bag at the edge of your property, separate from your rubbish, by 7am on your collection day on the same day as your pink sack recycling collection. For more info see: www.castlepoint.gov.uk/textiles

Chelmsford – collected every fortnight in green box at kerbside.

Colchester – clear sacks on green week collection weeks (every fortnight)

Epping Forest – place inside carrier bag every week

Harlow – any of 7 textile banks across Harlow

Maldon – any of 13 textile banks across Maldon

Rochford – Essex Textiles provide a fortnightly kerbside collection for textiles on recycling collection day in blue plastic sacks

Tendring – take to nearest recycling banks

Uttlesford – any of 7 textile banks across Uttlesford

ECC – Bagged textiles should be placed in the textile banks at the Recycling Centres

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