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Did You Know that it's Easy to Recycle Textiles and Fabrics?

August 1, 2020 6:35 AM
Textile Bank at Forge Car Park, TringYes, it is - and it's important we do recycle these materials.

Many textiles are mixes which include artificial fibres and these are (to oversimplify a bit) essentially plastics. It's important that we remove them from the environment, and the best ways to do that are to re-use any wearable garments or to recycle the fabrics.

Obviously, reuse is the best of all and charity shops are very good at rescuing lots of clothing for re-use. There's even a classification of sorted waste called "Charity Rags", but don't be misled by the name - this is the most valuable non-metal waste stream and clean, good quality "Charity Rags" can fetch £400 a ton if delivered direct to the trader.

However if your waste is not good quality clean garments, or if the charity shop is closed, or if it consists of other forms of fabric or textile, e.g. curtains, then there are plenty of ways to ensure it's recycled.

Around Dacorum, there are actually 21 neighbourhood recycling sites which accept textiles or fabrics, usually located in car parks. In addition there are textile banks outside fire stations and at the HCC-run Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). That makes 3 in Tring alone - at Forge Car Park, outside the Fire Station in Brook Street and in the car park at Silk Mill near the Tring & District Community Centre.

Textile Bank at Tring Fire Station

Textile Bank, Tring Fire Station

The pictures show the Textile Bank (and a container for small electrical appliances and batteries) at the Forge Car Park off Tring High Street and the Textile Bank outside the Tring Fire Station.

The link will take you straight to a list of neighbourhood recycling sites in Dacorum showing what materials are accepted at each. So you see it's quite easy really!