Blog: Don't throw them away

Did you know over £140 million worth of clothing gets dumped in landfill sites each year. Even if it’s on its last legs it can still go to be recycled.

Residents encouraged to give old clothes a new lease of life and help save money by recycling them as part of a new campaign.

Recycle for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (RECAP) has launched the ‘Love your clothes’ campaign which is an national initiative, with backing of 64 major charities and clothing retailers such as Debenhams, John Lewis and the British Heart Foundation. The campaign which runs throughout August, September and October is asking residents to recycle all their unwanted textiles – not just clothes, instead of throwing them away.

All unwanted textiles can be used again, no matter what condition they are in. Even rags, old towels, worn out clothes, stained fabrics and misshapen tops can be recycled into new outfits or can be made into things such as padding for furniture, carpet backing and even speakers.

It’s easy to do – residents can either take them to their local recycling centre, a textile bring bank or donate them to a local charity to help them raise funds. Your local council will have a leaflet with these details, or visit the website for a simple guide. 

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