If youâ€™re clearing out your wardrobes in the New Year, you can help support local charities by putting unwanted clothing and shoes in a textile recycling bank bearing the Lord Mayorâ€™s Charity branding.
Textile recycling companies, European Recycling Company and Cookstown Textile Recyclers, have branded textile banks across Birmingham and the councilâ€™s Fleet and Waste Management department has agreed to make donations to the Lord Mayorâ€™s charities based on the amount of textiles received – estimated to reach thousands of pounds.
Birmingham’s Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah said: â€œThis is a fantastic initiative that will make a real difference to my chosen charities, whilst also recycling clothes and reducing waste.
“On behalf of my charities I would like to thank European Recycling Company, Cookstown Textile Recyclers and council staff for coming up with the idea.â€
Andy Haws, Chief Executive of The European Recycling Company, part of the worldâ€™s largest textile recycling company SOEX GROUP, said: â€œThis arrangement benefits everyone. Â Efficient textile recycling supports the charity while saving resources and helping households to avoid waste creation. Nearly two thirds of the products we collect are re-wearable and the rest can be reused or recycled.â€œ
Peter Fisher, Operations Manager at Cookstown Textile Recyclers, added: â€œTaking unwanted textiles to our textile banks is an easy way to raise money for charity and demonstrates the benefits of a greener, cleaner future for us all, both here and in the developing world.â€
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