Sources of used textiles collected for recycling in the UK 2018

According to a 2019 report, charity shops and textile banks were the primary supply sources for used textiles when they were collected for re-use or recycling in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018. Other collection sources included Cash 4 clothes services, local authority kerbsides and school/community schemes, although less than five percent of used textiles were collected through these sources.
Textile recycling consists of collecting, sorting, and processing textiles for the purpose of re-use or recycling. In 2017, 336 thousand tonnes of clothing items ended up in household residual waste in the UK.

Distribution of used textiles collected for recycling and re-use in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, by collection source

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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

The source notes that data is taken from the report titled "A quantification of used textile collections for re-use and recycling in the UK".
* Local authority.

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