New Year clear out? Help support Birmingham’s charities

L-R Sian Averill, Lord Mayor's Charity Fundraiser, Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah and Andy Haws, Chief Executive of European Recycling Company

L-R Sian Averill, Lord Mayor’s Charity Fundraiser, Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah and Andy Haws, Chief Executive of European Recycling Company

Textile recycling companies and Birmingham’s Lord Mayor are asking people to help support local charities by putting unwanted clothing and shoes in a textile recycling bank bearing the Lord Mayor’s Charity branding.

Textile recycling companies, European Recycling Company and Cookstown Textile Recyclers, have branded textile banks across Birmingham and the council’s Fleet and Waste Management department has agreed to make donations to the Lord Mayor’s charities based on the amount of textiles received.

Birmingham’s Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah said: “This is a fantastic initiative that will make a real difference to my chosen charities, whilst also recycling clothes and reducing waste.

“On behalf of my charities I would like to thank European Recycling Company, Cookstown Textile Recyclers and council staff for coming up with the idea.”

Andy Haws, Chief Executive of The European Recycling Company, part of the world’s largest textile recycling company SOEX GROUP, said: “This arrangement benefits everyone.  Efficient textile recycling supports the charity while saving resources and helping households to avoid waste creation. Nearly two thirds of the products we collect are re-wearable and the rest can be reused or recycled.“

Peter Fisher, Operations Manager at Cookstown Textile Recyclers, added: “Taking unwanted textiles to our textile banks is an easy way to raise money for charity and demonstrates the benefits of a greener, cleaner future for us all, both here and in the developing world.”