Residents in Stoke-on-Trent are being urged to think more carefully about how they dispose of old clothes and other textiles once they have finished with them.
This is in a bid to boost recycling rates and reduce needless waste going to the incinerator.
Disposing of textiles in eco-friendly ways such as donating them to a charity shop or recycling them through Stoke-on-Trent City Council can have a positive impact on the environment and help reduce pollution.
The council offers a service so that residents can recycle textiles from their doorstep by using a textile-recycling bag. The bag can be filled up with unwanted clothes, blankets and towels and left out next to the blue recycling bin to be collected. The bag will be taken away and replaced with a new one. The textiles then go into a separate compartment of the waste wagon to the contents of the blue bin, to make sure they don’t get contaminated and can be recycled. You can also take textiles to be recycled at Hanford or Burslem tip along with any other large items that you wish to recycle.
Items can be recycled if they are not dirty or wet and include:
- bags, belts and hats
- bed linen and blankets
Councillor Dave Conway, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “The throwaway culture means that more and more clothes and textiles are being thrown away rather than donated or recycled. There are plenty of other things that can be done with clothes before they’re thrown out. If they can be worn again, they can be donated to a charity shop for someone else to love. If they can’t be worn or used again, but the fabric is clean and dry, then they can be recycled through the textile recycling scheme.”
To request a textile recycling bag, contact the waste minimisation team on 01782 234234 or Waste.Minimisation@stoke.gov.uk or pick one up at a local centre.
Call the press office on 01782 234539.