Dean Park PTA runs 3 textile recycling schemes: Bag2school, RagBins and a Thrift Shop. Our schemes increase awareness about textile recycling and by increasing recycling rates we can help the environment by ensuring less material goes to landfill.
Some Interesting Textile Recycling Facts:
- Over 70% of the world’s population use second hand clothes
- If everyone in the UK bought one reclaimed woollen garment each year, it would save an average 371 million gallons of water and 480 tonnes of chemical dyestuffs.
- At least 50% of textiles we throw away are recyclable, however, we only recycle around 25%.
Twice a year, your child will receive a blue Bag2School plastic bag in which you can place unwanted textiles and then return to the school on the indicated date.
Your donations are collected, then weighed and the school receives a cheque based on the weightage. The collected items are sold to export markets worldwide where they are sorted and sold to the general public.
We now have two textile RagBins in position, one at the Pre-School Centre and the other at the Main School (beside waste bins by staff car park). Clothing, bedding, towels, curtains, soft toys, paired shoes, belts and bags can all be deposited in the RagBins.
Items are taken to a large textile recycling facility, where the workers sort and grade all the material into various product types. The material is then baled and sent for shipment. Low grade textiles are made into industrial wiping cloths and good quality clothing is transported to Africa and other developing nations where your old clothes are re-used.
As with the Bag2School Scheme, we receive money for every kg recycled.