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Easy ways to put unwanted textiles to good use
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Sep '12
Householders in the south Auchterarder area are being encouraged to continue making use of the textile recycling trial scheme on offer through the blue lidded bin collection service. 

A wide range of textiles can be recycled this way: clothes, shoes, hats, scarves, accessories (including belts and handbags), curtains, tablecloths and bedding (linen, pillowcases, duvet covers and sheets). These items can be bagged up and put out by 7.30am on your normal blue bin collection day. 
 
Over the last 10 months of the trial scheme, Capability Scotland has been collecting the textiles at the kerbside in Auchterarder. With effect from Wednesday 5th September 2012, Clothes Aid, on behalf of Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) is taking over the collections at the kerbside. 
 
Clothes Aid is continuing to collect on behalf of CHAS as normal in the other Kerbside Textile Trial areas of Bridge of Earn, Kinross, parts of Blairgowrie, Bridgend and Gannochy and Western Edge. To date, more than 12.5 tonnes of textiles has been diverted from landfill via this trial kerbside collection service.
 
The Council's Environment Convener, Councillor Alan Grant explained: "We encourage householders to continue donating to charity shops whenever possible - a list of shops and the items that they accept can be found in our online Charity Shop Map. Perth & Kinross Council is keen to work with charities to also offer a service to householders who prefer to bag up the textiles and put them out with their recycling as part of the regular fortnightly collection." 
 
William Gallagher of Clothes Aid commented: "Clothes Aid collects the textiles, delivering a replacement bag to each household that donates that week. Donations are either sold through the CHAS shops or overseas for reuse. Any items that are not in a condition suitable for reuse are recycled into industrial rags." 
 
Pauline Tanbini, Retail Manager of CHAS added: "Income from these generous donations helps meet the running costs of over £7 million a year for the CHAS hospice services." 

Perth & Kinross Council

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