Non-clothing textiles include:
- soft furnishings,
- underlay, and
- leisure textiles (tents, tarpaulins etc).
A WRAP study into the composition and re-use potential of household bulky textiles found that of all bulky waste in the UK around 19% (310,000 tonnes) consists of textiles. At HWRCs nearly 30% of these textiles are estimated to be re-usable. A much lower proportion of textiles collected through bulky waste collections at the kerbside were assessed as re-usable (less than 10%).
The WRAP study also found that:
- 56% of all mattresses disposed of at HWRCs had visible fire safety labels.
- Over 25% of all mattresses were assessed as being very clean.
- Around 20% of carpet at HWRCs was assessed through visual assessment as very clean and suitable for re-use and nearly 30% was heavily soiled and so unsuitable for re-use.
The quantity of mattresses and carpets in bulky waste presents an opportunity to divert large tonnages of waste from disposal. Another study into the viability of collecting non-clothing textiles found that collecting carpets, mattresses and pillows for re-use and recycling can be financially viable. The report details the market options for these materials.
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