Pilots planned to test textiles survival bags

20th September 2012

Local authorities and their partners are being invited to pitch to take part in a series of pilots to test the effectiveness of textiles ‘survival’ bags.

Recent research by WRAP showed that if textiles are collected loose in bins or in bags along with other recyclable materials, they are often contaminated so badly that the items cannot be re-used or recycled.

WRAP now wants to run a small number of pilot projects to see if ‘survival bags’ can protect textiles during the collection and sorting process. WRAP has issued a call for ‘expressions of interest’ from local authorities and their partners who may wish to take part, with an October 8 deadline for submissions.

Added a WRAP spokesperson: “As well as determining whether the bags protect items collected from the kerbside, we want to see which type of bag works best, the costs and any operational implications.”

WRAP is hoping to run pilots with at least two English local authorities and one from Scotland, for a minimum of three months.

Expression of interest documentation can be found here: www.wrap.org.uk/local-authorities

Textiles reports:

Valuing our Clothes report:

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Sophie Dyer

PR Officer
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