Women across Cambridgeshire have the chance to raise money for Breast Cancer research and help women in Africa by donating their old, unwanted or unloved bras starting this October.

Local authorities in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership are supporting the charity Against Breast Cancer by launching a ‘Bin your Bra’ campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness month. The councils have permanently installed an additional 30 banks across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough at places like council offices, leisure centres, libraries and some retailers.

The councils are supporting the charity Against Breast Cancer who will receive £1,000 for every tonne of bras collected. Bras will go to small businesses in Africa where affordable bras are in short supply.

Cllr Kevin Ellis, Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership said: “We are proud to support Against Breast Cancer and launch this campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness month.  This will help raise funds for medical research to improve detection and survival and help women in Africa to receive affordable bras which are in great demand. Plus, by recycling worn out clothes, fabrics and old underwear you reduce the amount going to landfill, so it’s good news all round.”

This ‘Bin your Bra’ is part of a wider campaign to raise awareness that all unwanted textiles can be recycled no matter what condition they are in. Over £140 million worth of clothing gets dumped in landfill sites each year.

Even if it’s on its last legs it can still be recycled. Worn out clothes, stained fabrics, misshaped tops, old underwear and odd shoes can be recycled and turned into new clothes, padding for furniture or even speakers. It’s not just clothes – towels, blankets, curtains and other textiles can be recycled, just take them to your nearest clothing bank.

To find out more visit www.recap.co.uk/recap/

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