Recycling old clothes could save taxpayers £4million-a-year

Surrey News

Recycling old clothes and sheets instead of throwing them in the bin would save Surrey taxpayers more than £4million-a-year.

An analysis of rubbish thrown away in Surrey has found that 10,500 tonnes of unwanted clothes and home textiles were discarded last year even though they could have been used again or recycled into useful products.

It means the average person threw away more than 9kg or 20lbs of textiles – the approximate weight of 46 T-shirts or 10 pairs of trainers.

Surrey County Council and the county’s 11 district and borough councils spend more than £1million-a-year disposing of unwanted clothes and textiles and also miss out on raising more than £3million-a-year from recycling the items.

The materials thrown away could be worn again in the UK or abroad or turned into products such as felt, insulation or stuffing.

A campaign launched by Surrey’s councils is aiming to reduce the volume…

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