All textiles, clothing, household linens, underwear, shoes and accessories can be reused or recycled. Even worn or old items can be recycled as long as they are clean. They cannot be recycled in the kerbside recycling bins but you can put all items in textile recycling banks around the Borough or give them to a charity shop or jumble sale.
Textile recycling banks on public land in the borough are managed by the European Recycling Company (under a four year contract with the Council). The proceeds go to good causes that benefit the local community, except for a small amount which covers the cost of providing recycling services. The income of charities that previously had banks on Council sites has been guaranteed.
The European Recycling Company currently recycles over 95% of what is collected through its banks. Items in good condition are sorted for different markets to be worn again. Worn out items are basic raw materials for something fundamentally new, such as insulation material for new cars, cleaning wipers or blankets for the house removal trade. The rivets from old clothes are extracted and sent to metal recyclers. Even the plastic bags the clothes are deposited in are recycled.
Please put items into a plastic bag and tie pairs of shoes together. Shoes can go in the textile bank if there is no shoe bank on site.
As well as the banks managed under the Council contract, there are charity banks managed to benefit their causes. They are the Salvation Army , TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid & International Development) and Hampshire Air Ambulance .