Approximately 1.4million tonnes of textiles which could have been re-used or recycled are needlessly put in to rubbish bins.
Lots of textiles can be recycled in Ealing including clothes, bags, belts, curtains, blankets, towels, odd socks and lingerie.
Any unwanted clothing, can be placed alongside your recycling bin on your scheduled collection day. Just make sure you put them in a bag to keep them dry and tie any pairs of shoes together and place the bag on top of the bin.
Alternatively you can get creative and ‘upcycle' the items which you have in your wardrobe. Look out for local ‘swishing events’ or you could donate them to a charity shop. For more information see www.loveyourclothes.org.uk.
We have also partnered with West London Waste Authority and TRAID to provide free home collections of unwanted textiles as well as small electrical waste at a time convenient for you. Make sure you have at least one bag of textiles for collection, and any electrical waste can be collected at the same time. Donations will be hand sorted at their warehouse for suitable clothing to be sold back to the public in one of TRAID's 12 charity shops. Find out more and book a collection time slot
You can also take these materials, as well as mattresses, to the re-use and recycling centres at Greenford.
What happens to my unwanted textiles?
The textiles collected in the banks and in your green box are taken away and sorted, according to their condition, into different grades. They are either then sent to be reused or recycled into different products.
It is calculated that recovering and recycling just 10% of the waste currently sent to landfill in the UK could generate savings of around £23.8million a year, which would not only help our economy but the environment too.