New banks give unwanted textiles a second life

Fourteen new textile banks have been installed across the borough making it easier for residents to recycle their unwanted textiles.

New textile banks

The textile banks, which will primarily be located on, or near, housing estates, are another step the council has taken to increase recycling across the borough.
Items that can be recycled in the textile banks include clothing, school uniforms, shoes, bags, belts, handbags, scarves, hats, odd socks, bed sheets, pillow covers, towels, blankets and curtains.
Lawrence M Barry and Co, the contractor working with Ealing Council to manage the textile banks, will transfer unwanted textiles to their factory in London, where a team of over 100 specialist staff will grade and sort through clothing suitable for re-use in the UK or abroad. Items not suitable for re-use will be recycled into new materials that could be used in the automotive, furniture and housing industries.
The locations of the new textile banks are:
– Church Street, UB5 5US
– Bordars Road, W7 1AG
– Featherstone car park, UB2 5DP
– Fleming Road, UB1 3LL
– Brownell Place, W7 3AZ
– Gurnell Grove, W13 0AN
– Havelock Road, UB2 4QA
– Oldfields Circus, UB5 4RU
– Parkfield Drive, UB5 6NS
– Radcliffe Way, UB5 6HN
– Arrowscout Walk / Ruislip Road East, UB5 6EE
– Bollo Bridge Road, W3 8DG
– The Mall Hamilton Road, W5 2PY
– Horseshoe Crescent, UB5 6TW
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said: “The new textile banks will make it easier to recycle unwanted textiles – from clothing that has been sitting in your wardrobe for years to blankets you no longer use, all of it could be given a second life instead of rotting away in landfill.
“The reality is, unnecessary waste is costing the council hundreds of thousands of pounds a year, money that could have otherwise been spent on other valuable services.
“It is estimated that 1.4 million tonnes of textiles, worth roughly £238million, is disposed of each year in the UK. The vast majority of this is recyclable. If only 10 per cent of that was recycled, instead of being sent to landfill, that could generate a revenue of around £23.8million a year, which not only puts money back into the economy but helps the environment too.”
Residents are reminded that textiles can also be recycled as part of their weekly recycling collection. Items, enclosed within bags to keep them dry, should be placed in the green recycling boxes.
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