County calls on residents to think twice before throwing out old clothes as it launches recycling drive

PUBLISHED: 07:40 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 07:40 30 January 2018

Essex County Council

Essex County Council

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Every household in Essex unnecessarily bins the equivalent of 36 woolly jumpers each year, costing more than £1.5 million to the taxpayer, according to Recycle for Essex.

Recycle for Essex has launched a campaign to educate residents that all unwanted clothes can be resold, rejuvenated, given to friends and family, recycled or given to charity.

Together with Love Your Clothes, a campaign set up in 2014 to reduce the environmental impact of clothing, they want to reduce the amount of textiles thrown away in Essex.

Love Your Clothes claim there is about £1,200-worth of unworn clothing in each UK home which could generate more than £140 million of additional income and help people in the local community.

There are seven textile banks across Uttlesford, as well as those at recycling centres, which take good quality clothing as well as clean, worn out clothes which may be ripped or have holes in.

Councillor Simon Walsh, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for environment and waste, said: “If you no longer want a particular item or outfit, it’s likely someone else will. Unwanted clothes can be resold, rejuvenated, given to friends and family, recycled or given to charity.

“In Essex, all clean clothing and textiles can be recycled, and it’s never been easier for households in Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest and Rochford with kerbside collections.

“If you are not able to use kerbside collections, there are more than 150 textile banks across Essex, including those at recycling centres, which can take good quality clothing, as well as clean, worn out clothes which could be ripped or even have holes in it.”

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