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Press Release

27th March 2013

Changes to clothing and textiles recycling in the Borough will reduce waste

Fareham Borough Council is making it easier to recycle clothing, shoes and textiles. In 2011 more than 750 tonnes of clothes, shoes and textiles, worth over £200,000, was simply thrown away in household bins.

From April, there'll be an extra 15 textile recycling banks around the borough. A list of these can be found on our website.  The European Recycling Company (under a four year contract with the Council) will manage these facilities and all other textile recycling banks on public land. These sites will all be getting new blue banks to replace the old ones, where you can donate your unwanted clothing, textiles and shoes. People can continue to recycle these items as they do now, whether it's through charity shops, charity banks or the new banks on Council land.

Many people don't realise just how useful old clothing can be. 80% of what's put in textile banks is re-worn. Even items which are full of holes can be recycled. For example old woollen garments can be used to make car insulation, roofing felt, or furniture padding, while cotton and silk clothing can be used to make paper.

Executive Member for Streetscene, Councillor Leslie Keeble said: "Not only does recycling your old clothing reduce waste, most items can be put to use in some other way. Many of the clothes can be re-worn while others are used in manufacturing. The European Recycling Company will be working hard to make sure your old clothing is put to the best possible use."

For information on what you can recycle please visit www.fareham.gov.uk.

 

ENDS

 

Editor's notes

For Further Information Contact:

Lorna Tipper, PR and Marketing Support Officer, tel: 01329 824302

fax: 01329 824505, e-mail: publicity@fareham.gov.uk

This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases

 

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