Fareham Borough Council is asking for opinions on ways to improve clothing and textile recycling in Fareham, including ways to best use the money raised, in a consultations running until midnight on Sunday 10 March.
From April 2013, textile recycling banks on public land in Fareham will be managed by the Council. There will be no changes to the way people use them.
Over 750 tonnes of old clothing and textiles, worth over £200,000, were put in the Borough's household waste bins in 2011. The Council wants to encourage more recycling, and get the extra clothing and textiles out of the waste bins and recycled.
All textiles, clothing, household linens, shoes and accessories can be reused or recycled. Even worn, old items can be recycled, as long as they are clean.
Executive Member for Streetscene, Councillor Leslie Keeble said: "This is an opportunity for people to tell us how we can encourage more clothing and textiles to be recycled and ensure that the proceeds can be used to support worthwhile causes."
You can have your say by completing a short online survey at www.fareham.gov.uk/consultations. Paper copies are also available on request by phoning 01329 236100. The deadline for responses is midnight on Sunday 10 March.
Did you know that on average, 96% of donations are suitable for reuse or recycling, with up to 80% actually being reworn.
Knitted or woven woollen and similar materials are reused by the textile industry in applications such as car insulation, roofing felt, loudspeaker cones, panel linings and furniture padding.
Cotton and silk is used to manufacture paper and for wiping and polishing cloths for a range of industries from the automotive to the mining sector.
Other types of textiles can be reprocessed into fibres for upholstery, insulation, and even building materials.
For Further Information Contact:
Roy Brown, Customer Engagement Manager, tel: 01329 824409
fax: 01329 824505, e-mail: email@example.com
This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases