It is really easy to recycle your old clothes and textiles. To take part, simply put your clothing and textiles in a carrier bag (or white bin bag), tie up and place it next to your waste and recycling on your normal collection day.
This can either be your Blue bin or Green bin collection day.
|Yes Please||No Thanks|
|All clothes||No wet items|
|Socks||No dirty or oily items|
|Shoes, boots and slippers (paired and placed in the same bag)||No duvets, quilts or sleeping bags|
|Hats, scarves and gloves||No bed linen or blankets|
|Handbags and belts||No pillows or cushions|
Please remember that items not listed above will not be collected!
Space is very limited on the collection trucks therefore it is preferable if you put the items out as they become unwanted and not store them until you have several items. Don’t forget the items can be put out on either the green bin or blue bin collection day.
Once they have been collected the items are taken back to the depot in Stafford and emptied into a special container and when this is full it is taken to a sorting plant. Here, they are sorted according to quality and from there the items can either be reworn, processed into new products or recycled.
Textiles which are placed in the blue bin get entangled with other items which makes it very difficult for the other contents in the bin such as cans, glass and cardboard packaging to be sorted by the conveyor belts at the MRF (Materials Recycling Facility).
It is preferable to leave your items at the side of the bin rather than the top for safety reasons. Items could be knocked by passers by or blown off in the wind.