The Salvation Army is trialling a new monitoring technology at some of its donation banks in an attempt to empty the banks in the most efficient way possible, reduce collection costs and the risks of overflowing.
The charity has fitted 104 of Farsite’s netBin sensors to 104 collection banks monitor fill levels, which it hopes will give crucial insights into the filling patterns and general behaviour of donors. With this information, The Salvation Army aims to reduce collection costs as well as process donations from the public with improved efficiency.
Brett Simpson, Head of Development for Salvation Army Trading Company, which runs the textile collection hopes that implementing this technology could generate even more income for the charity.
He said: “As one of the largest collectors of donated clothing in the UK we are constantly seeking ways of improving the efficiency of our operations to make sure we raise the maximum amount of money for The Salvation Army. The ability to get accurate fill levels on a timely basis could be a real step forward in the planning and emptying of our network of over 6000 clothing banks. This exciting trial with FarSite will help us learn just how big this step can be.”
Salvation Army Trading Company manages a huge network of charity textile banks across the UK collecting thousands of tonnes of donated items per year. Donated clothing and textiles generate income to help The Salvation Army run a huge variety of programmes to support the most vulnerable people in communities across the UK.