Collection of Non-Clothing Textiles

10th May 2016

This set of case studies demonstrates the financial benefits to re-use organisations, reprocessors and local authorities of collecting carpets, mattresses and pillows for re-use and recycling.

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In these studies we...
Identify key barriers to re-use and recycling
Analyse viable collection methods for re-use and recycling
Research market opportunities for re-use organisations



In this report we assess household and business collections systems including direct collection, collection from central points and take-back schemes and the viability of collecting non-clothing textiles through these methods.

This report identifies a number of key factors enabling viability of one or more of the systems, such as: 

  • applying a service charge
  • locating reprocessing points in close proximity to major sources of arisings
  • using bulking points
  • segregating items at collection points

A summary version of the report is available to download instantly, along with ten case studies analysing individual items or materials. 

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Case stuides

Cast studies

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Carpets >>
Mattresses and furniture >>
Duvets and pillows >> 



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Case studies: Carpets

There are three main areas where carpet can provide opportunities: re-use, recycling and energy recovery. 

To find out more about each of these opportunities, please select a download from the list below:

Collection of carpets from Household Waste Recycling Centres (HRWCs) by reprocessors >>
Collection of carpet tiles from businesses by reprocessor >>
Collection of carpet tiles from businesses by third sector organisation >>
Segregation of carpets and mattresses from household waste >>

Case studies: Mattresses and furniture

The main opportunities in second-hand or waste mattresses and furniture rely on recycling and re-use. 

Recycling is the key opportunity for mattresses, whilst re-use levels remain low due to hygiene concerns. However, as these case studies display, with the adoption of best practice re-use is also a viable option for re-use organisations. 

Collection of mattresses and furniture from households >>
Segregation of carpets and mattresses from household waste >>
Collection of mattresses for component re-use and recycling >>
Collection of mattresses through bulky waste services >>
Collection and take back of mattresses for recycling >>

Case studies: Duvets and pillows

The opportunities for recycling and re-use opportunities in pillows need to be better understood. 

Currently, the majority are simply disposed of through the residual waste stream. As demonstrated in the case study below, there is the potential to re-use pillows from the hospitality sector (hotels, university accommodation) and through third sector organisations. 

Co-collection of duvets and pillows with clothing in textiles banks >>
Collection of pillows from hotels and universities for us-use >>

Where next?

Want to know more about non-clothing textiles in sustainable textiles? Take a look at our reports, guides, tools and case studies for further information: 

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