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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Release date

December 2019


United Kingdom

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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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