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Peterborough City Council sets up 'textile bring banks'

18
Aug '09
Twelve new 'textile bring banks' have been set up by Peterborough City Council so that residents can recycle old clothing and other fabrics now that they are banned from household green wheelie bins.

Textiles and shoes cannot be placed in household recycling bins because they become entangled with shards of glass from bottles and jars, which have been accepted in green wheelie bins since May 2008.

City council recycling officer Amy Nebel said: "Putting old clothing and other fabrics in household recycling bins causes real problems at our materials recycling facility. It is dangerous if pieces of broken glass become entangled in the fabric and that means they cannot be recycled.

"While people can donate good quality clothes for re-sale through charity shops, the new textile bring banks provide an additional recycling route for all types of clothing and other fabrics.

"By recycling textiles at the new bring banks people will be supporting Peterborough's reputation as the UK's environment capital and working towards the city council's target to recycle more than 65 per cent of household and garden materials by 2020.

"Sadly, the majority of the unwanted textiles in the UK are sent to landfill, where they decompose and produce methane a potent global warming gas. Landfilling these materials is a huge waste of precious resources, so recycling textiles saves energy, water and natural resources and protects the environment."

The 12 textile bring banks have been established at strategic points throughout the area, including: pub, supermarket and public car parks, shopping centres and community centres.

Every bank can be adopted by local community groups and charities, which will receive a financial reward for the amount of textiles collected. Groups are expected to encourage people to take textiles to the banks instead of throwing them in rubbish bins. They are also responsible for informing the council if banks become damaged and when they need emptying.

Adoptees are encouraged to publicise how the funds raised have been spent, which will encourage more people to use the banks.

Peterborough City Council


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