Guidance on Re-use and Recycling

Working collaboratively, organisations in the clothing industry can find new opportunities and develop fresh revenue streams by diverting some of the 30% of our textiles that end up landfill into markets for re-use and recycling.

What can my organisation do?

By using WRAP’s independent research, re-use organisations, reprocessors and local authorities can learn how to build effective partnerships, gain advice on good practice and implement schemes to increase collection rates.

Everything you need to know…

Want a comprehensive understanding of textiles collections? Our Textiles Collection Guide is designed to help local authorities and textiles collectors increase re-use and recycling and reduce the amount of textiles arriving at landfill.

Textiles collections: The complete guide >>

Textile re-use reports and trials

Our textiles trials researched a number of different areas of the textile recycling and re-use market processes, particularly in relation to textile sources, washing contaminated textiles, corporate wear reuse and environmental the impacts of different methods and processes. 

Textile flow and market development opportunities >> 
Washing and drying contaminated textile trials assessment >> 
Corporate workwear arisings and opportunities report >> 
Measuring the quality and value of textiles from various sources >>

See all reports and trials >>

Uniform and corporatewear re-use and recycling

Does your organisation have a uniform? If your organisation has a uniform, take a look at our guidance to learn more about a number of techniques you can use to process your corporate uniform for recycling, re-branding or re-use. 

To find detailed information on the best and most cost-effective techniques, please use the following links:

Corporate workwear arisings and recovery opportunities >>
De-labelling branded corporate-wear for re-use >>

Fibre recycling technologies: Which perform best?

Are you using the most efficient recovery techniques and technologies? Find out using WRAP’s research into different techniques for textile fibre recycling, including: textile sorting, mechanical recycling, chemical recycling, carpet recycling, mattress and footwear recycling.

A review of commercial textile fibre recycling technologies >>

Are the markets out there?

Industry reprocessors who deal with discarded clothing and household textiles are facing the combined challenges of rising costs and falling demand. At the same time, environmental pressures are raising the expectation to recycle ever larger quantities of waste textiles. 

Against this background, WRAP commissioned a study to evaluate whether technology exists that could be used to assist with sorting end-of-life textiles and to evaluate how the technology might affect the economics of the recycling operation.

Evaluation of the end markets for textile rag and fibre within the UK >>

Further information

For further information on topics related to this subject, please use the following links:

Collection of non-clothing textiles >>
Resource efficient business models >>

Where next?

Want to find out more about re-use and recycling in sustainable textiles? Take a look at our knowledge-base for further reports, tools, guides and case studies:

Reports >>
Guides >>
Tools >>
Case studies >>