The rag TRAID: Harrow launches free home collection service to recycle unwanted clothing

Wondering what do with those old, unwanted clothes? Don’t put them in the bin!

Harrow Council, working with West London Waste Authority, is partnering with London-based charity TRAID to collect all your unwanted clothes and shoes right from your doorstep.

You’ll be helping to take textiles out of the waste stream and – even if nobody wants them as they are – they’ll be reborn as new products for commerce or industry.

The service is simple:  Just book a collection for when you are home and hand your textiles over directly to the driver.  You can donate any clean, unwanted textiles including clothes, shoes, accessories and even linen. But duvets and pillows will not be accepted.

Cllr Varsha Parmar, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said:

“Anything we can do to help residents recycle has got to be good news – and this is the easiest and quickest way possible.

“Here’s a chance to declutter your wardrobe as well as doing your bit for the environment. Just make one simple call and then hand over a bag to the driver. Everyone’s a winner.”

TRAID is a registered charity raising funds to fight global poverty and improve the environment by reducing textile waste in the UK.

Book your free collection of textiles with TRAID online or call 0208 733 2595. 

Emma Hall, Waste Minimisation Project Officer from West London Waste Authority, said:

“Textiles are a valuable resource and we do our best to encourage residents to reuse and recycle. Our aim is to remove all textiles from the bin and we’re embarking on this journey with our partnership with TRAID in Harrow.”

Jose Baladron, TRAID’s Recycling Development Manager, said:

“We’re delighted to be partnering with the West London Waste Authority to keep clothes, shoes and textiles in use for longer. Our wardrobes are full of clothes we no longer wear or need. Extending the life of the clothes we already have is one of the most environmentally beneficially things we can do to reduce our waste, water and carbon footprints.”

The charity launched the service in 2012 to remove barriers to increasing reuse and recycling rates including lack of transport and parking, or not living close to a clothes recycling bank or other reuse facility.

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