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Textile Recycling Hits All-Time High in Bedford Borough

Householders across Bedford Borough are smashing recycling targets by continuing to increase the amount of textiles they recycle at their local Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).
 
So far this year residents using the council’s HWRC located at Barkers Lane, Bedford have delivered over 126 tonnes of textiles for recycling, beating the full year total of 114 tonnes two months before the end of the year.

This exceptional performance has been achieved through the residents themselves sorting the waste and placing it in the correct containers at the site together with the high levels of commitment and support by the site staff, employed by leading recycling company Viridor, working in partnership with Bedford Borough Council.

Once your clothes reach the textiles bank at the recycling centre, any worn out or unsalable items are separated from the material stream and are then shredded before being reprocessed into new items and used in car insulation and furniture padding. Items which are in good condition are collected by charities and either passed onto their stores, given to the homeless or passed onto developing countries.

Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for the Environment “If all residents continue to be so committed to recycling, we hope to keep breaking our own recycling targets year after year, thus reducing the council’s costs to landfill and protecting the environment at the same time”.

Bedford Borough’s site at Barkers Lane as well as being the best performing HWRC across Bedfordshire is also in the premiership' performance in recycling on HWRC’s sites across the UK.

You can do more by donating good quality clothes yourself to local charity shops. Or why not hold your own clothes swapping event with friends or a local community group and get a new wardrobe for free!

For more information on textiles recycling visit www.bedford.gov.uk/recycling, call us on 0800 121 8888 or email recycling@bedford.gov.uk

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