Don't bin your clothes or bedding - Textile amnesty event to be held in Goole

Mon, 17 Jun 2019

East Riding residents are being encouraged to join a summer campaign to boost the recycling of bedding, clothing and shoes.

Waste and recycling officers at East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be holding a series of textile amnesties, inviting residents to bring along their old duvets, sheets, towels, clothes and shoes so they can be recycled and disposed of properly.

The first event will be held in Goole on Tuesday 25 June at four different locations across the town – just look out for the recycling van:

  • 10am-11am – Cottingham Street
  • 11.15am-12.15pm – Tennyson Street
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm – Estcourt Street car park
  • 2.45pm-3.30pm – Cross Street West

The aim of the textile amnesties is to encourage residents not to place any textile items in their household bins, as they can’t be recycled that way.

Instead, residents are asked to take them to clothing banks, charity shops and household waste recycling sites (tips).

Currently in the East Riding, textiles make up 8% of the waste put in blue bins and 6.5% of waste put in green bins.

So the waste and recycling officers are hoping the amnesty events will help to spread the message and help residents to recycle even more.

Councillor Chris Matthews, the council’s portfolio holder for strategic management, said: “East Riding residents are the best recyclers in the country, so I’ve no doubt they’ll get behind our campaign and help us recycle even more textiles.

“We just need their help to keep clothing and bedding out of bins and into recycling banks and charity shops.”

The officers are looking to donate some of the collected duvets, blankets and towels to local charities, such as animal shelters.

If any local charity or organisation is collecting these items please contact the council’s waste and recycling officers at wastewatchers@eastriding.gov.uk

To find your nearest recycling sites visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/recycling

For more tips visit loveyourclothes.org.uk

Here’s a guide to recycling textiles in the East Riding:

These items can be taken to the following locations:

Duvets, cushions, pillows & sleeping bags:

  • Household waste recycling sites (tips) for disposal
  • Local charities, animal shelters and community groups may also take them, but please check first

Clothes & shoes:

  • Charity shops (if good quality)
  • Clothing banks (any quality)
  • Household waste recycling sites

Sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers & towels:

  • Clothing banks (any quality)
  • Household waste recycling sites