Clothing recycling banks

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Clothing and textiles are the UK’s fastest growing household waste stream with hundreds of thousands of tonnes going to landfill each year.

We want to raise awareness of the issue so, as part of our commitment to looking after our environment, we’ve challenged people to donate 10,000 bags of unwanted clothing this summer.

We’re giving out 10,000 clothing recycling bags through events like our Members’ Day, summer shows and the Lincolnshire Show. We’re also giving one to each of our colleagues.

We have clothing recycling banks on 48 of our sites where people can drop off their bags full of donations. They’re provided by the Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd – the trading arm of The Salvation Army.

Helping good causes 

As well as doing your bit for the environment, donating textiles at clothing banks on our sites helps raise money for local good causes.

The Salvation Army splits all the money raised from our clothing banks with us and we share it amongst our Community Champions.

This year, the scheme raised more than £23,000 which will go towards the environmental good causes we’re currently supporting.

Clothing bag donations collected from now until end of March 2020 will go towards our Community Champions for next year.

You can find clothing banks at a number of our outlets. And you don’t have to use one of our own clothing bags to get involved. You can use your own and donate them too. A full list of our clothing banks can be found below:

Lincoln City

Carholme Road Food Store

Proctors Road Funeral Home

Tritton Road Funeral Home

 

South Holland

Gosberton Food Store

Holbeach Food Store

Long Sutton Food Store

Sutton Bridge Food Store

Wygate Park Food Store, Spalding

 

North Kesteven

Billinghay Food Store

Bracebridge Heath Food Store

Branston Food Store

Heckington Food Store

Hykeham Green Food Store 

Sleaford Food Store

Metheringham Food Store

Navenby Food Store

Ruskington Food Store

Skellingthorpe Food Store

Washingborough Food Store

Witham St Hughs Food Store

 

Newark and Notts

Albert Street Food Store Newark

Churchill Drive Food Store, Newark

Collingham Food Store

Lincoln Road Food Store, Newark

Misterton Food Store

 

West Lindsey

Bardney Food Store

Caistor Food Store

Dunholme Food Store

Market Rasen Food Store

Morton Food Store

Nettleham Food Store

Scotter Food Store

 

Boston Borough

Old Leake Food Store

Skirbeck Road Food Store

Woodville Road Food Store

 

East Lindsey

Alford Food Store

Chapel St Leonards Food Store

Gibbet Nook Food Store and Filling Station

Coningsby Food Store

Louth, Funeral Home

Newbridge Hill Food Store, Louth

Roman Bank Food Store

Spilsby Food Store

Woodhall Spa Food Store

 

North and North East Lincs

Goxhill Food Store

Holton Le Clay Food Store

Through The Salvation Army’s clothing banks, you can recycle lots of different items – clothes of every type, size and shape, any shoes in pairs, handbags, belts and linen.

Before donating, bag your clothes up and make sure they are clean. Wet and soiled materials can’t be sold and can potentially contaminate the rest of the clothing bank.

When a clothing bank is full, the donations are picked up by The Salvation Army’s network of locally-employed collectors. They also hold full waste carrier licenses so can deal with incidents of fly-tipping near the clothing banks.

If you spot any problems, call the helpline on 0845 458 1999 or email helpline@satcol.org

Donations are sorted and then recycled in a variety of different ways. The priority is to support the mission work of The Salvation Army, including providing warm clothing and blankets to those experiencing homelessness. The next priority is to stock The Salvation Army’s network of over 230 charity shops, providing affordable clothing in communities while raising vital funds for the charity.

Excess textiles are exported to developing countries to find a new lease of life there.

Nationally, The Salvation Army’s clothing banks collect over 40,000 tonnes of textiles per year and less than 1 per cent of donations are sent to landfill.

Money raised for The Salvation Army funds the vital social welfare work it does for vulnerable people in the UK – there’s a huge range of projects from community activities for older people to helping victims of domestic abuse. 

One element you might not be familiar with is the Family Tracing Service. It helps restore family relationships by locating relatives who have lost contact with each other. It has an incredible 89 per cent success rate and on average, reunites eight people every working day.

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