Textiles Collection Guide

This report reveals that consumers are throwing out almost one million tonnes of textiles, mainly clothes, shoes and linens like bedding and curtains, every year.  But these unwanted items, which currently end up in landfill, could be re-used or recycled – and generate millions of pounds.

The report is designed to help local authorities and textiles collectors (charities, waste management companies and textile merchants) increase textile re-use and recycling and reduce the amount of textiles being disposed of in residual waste. It provides practical guidance and examples of existing good practice for three key routes: 

  • kerbside textile collection services;
  • bring banks; and
  • community re-use initiatives.

It gives guidance on how to communicate textile re-use and recycling services to the public.

The guidance was produced as part of our work the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), and covers England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It was developed in collaboration with the SCAP Re-use and Recycling Task Group. It is not intended to be prescriptive but is a guide to the issues to consider and the options available individually or as a partnership.