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From rags to recycling (29 Oct 2012)


A new service enabling residents in parts of Knowsley to recycle their old textiles has been launched.

Knowsley Council, in partnership with Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, has introduced a new textile recycling service in areas of Kirkby, Huyton and Prescot.

Prescot resident, Gill Dulgarn was the first to try out the service, helped by Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Delivery (pictured).

The six month long trial scheme – which runs until April 2013 – is being offered to approximately 4,000 residents, who are able to recycle a range of textiles as part of their fortnightly grey recycling bin collection.

Households in the trial area have been issued with a pink sack which can be filled with a range of textiles: e.g. old clothing, paired shoes, handbags, belts, curtains and bed linen. Once filled, the sack can be placed in the grey recycling bin for collection.

If the pilot is successful then it could be extended across the borough in 2013.

At present more than 30% of waste textiles end up in landfill, with nearly half of us putting clothes in the bin because we think the clothing isn’t of good enough quality to be used by anyone else. Yet these can be recycled for a range of uses including wiping cloths, felts and other non-clothing uses.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Delivery said: “We’re particularly looking for things residents may not normally think of taking to the charity shop – things like an odd sock, old clean underwear, that old T-shirt with a hole in it, or a jumper with worn out elbows etc. Remember that high quality clothing can still be taken to charity shops to be reused”.

“There are no costs to the Council for this pilot and we’re hoping that those residents involved in the trial will make full use of this service. Recycling textiles will help us improve our recycling rates, as well as reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill which in turn will reduce our waste disposal costs.”