A new textiles recycling collection trial is to be rolled out to more than 5,000 homes across South Holland from today (March 3).
South Holland District Council is working in partnership with The Salvation Army for the six-month trial, which aims to divert recyclable textiles from disposal.
Recyclable textiles include clothes, shoes and home furnishings. Rugs, carpets and duvets cannot be accepted, nor can items, which are soiled or have paint or oil on them.
District council waste and recycling officer Laura Simpkins said: “Currently 1,800 tonnes of textiles are thrown away each year in South Holland.
“We’re hoping to divert more textiles from disposal by recycling recyclable grade items in this kerbside trial.
Laura Simpkins, district council – “Currently 1,800 tonnes of textiles are thrown away each year in South Holland… We’re hoping to divert more textiles from disposal by recycling recyclable grade items in this kerbside trial”
“We’ve chosen these areas to trial the scheme so that we have a widespread catchment.”
Three different bags will be used for the trial – the usual green recycling bag (which must be used separately from other dry recycling), a blue bag and a Salvation Army branded bag.
Bags will be collected by a van following the recycling collection vehicle and the driver will carry identification.
The bags will then be taken for sorting to The Salvation Army’s depot in Kettering, Northamptonshire.
The trial is being financed by a £19,000 grant successfully bid for by the district council under the WRAP Collection of Recycling Grade Textiles scheme.
If the scheme proves popular and it will be rolled out across the district.