Recycle unwanted clothes and material for charity

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Crawley residents are being encouraged to recycle their unwanted textile items.

This follows an extension of a partnership between Crawley Borough Council and Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL).

People are invited to bring their unwanted clothes, shoes and household textile items to the 20 banks located across the borough.

The banks are managed by SATCoL, which operates more than 6,500 similar clothing collection banks throughout the country. Most textile items will be accepted as long as they are clean and dry, including shoes (in pairs), clothing, handbags, belts, sheets, blankets and towels.

SATCoL has been working with the council for 11 years and due to continued good collection levels in the area the council has extended its contract with SATCoL for another five years.

Profit raised from donations helps to fund The Salvation Army’s work in communities.

Between 2010 and 2013 alone, SATCoL gift-aided £22.5 million to The Salvation Army and profits raised from the donation of unwanted textile items can make a big difference in helping to fund its work such as homelessness services, support at emergency incidents and older people’s services.

Paul Ozanne, national recycling co-ordinator at SATCoL, a trading arm of The Salvation Army which gift-aids its profits to the charity, said: “Be it a novelty Christmas jumper or the results of a new year clear-out, Crawley residents may have unwanted textile items they are looking to put to good use and we hope the new banks will provide the opportunity for residents to do so in a environmentally friendly and ethical way.

“Each tonne of textiles that’s reused or recycled instead of thrown away prevents 7 tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions and reduces the amount of unnecessary waste sent to landfill so it’s important that unwanted clothes don’t end up in the bin.

“SATCoL is pleased to be working closely with Crawley Borough Council to encourage textiles recycling within the local community and we are grateful for the generous support we’ve received from residents in the region so far.”

Cllr Ken Trussell, cabinet member for environment at Crawley Borough Council, said: “These textile banks are located across the town and provide a quick and easy way to recycle unwanted clothing. We’re proud to be helping such a good cause.”

To locate your nearest clothing bank and find out more about what happens to donated textile items visit