Appeal for donations of unwanted textiles

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Residents are being encouraged to donate unwanted textiles to charity.

North Tyneside Council is asking residents to give any clothing, fabric and blankets they no longer need to local charities – or take them along to one of the 14 textile recycling banks in the borough.

The local authority is not able to recycle textiles collected from residents’ household recycling bins as they often become contaminated after mixing with other waste.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “We’re collecting an increasing amount of textiles from household bins so we’re trying to raise awareness that the council cannot recycle or reuse them.

“I am sure residents would prefer their unwanted items to go to a good cause and not just to waste.

“Not only is it a great shame that they go to waste, but by doing so, it also has an impact on the borough’s carbon footprint.

“There are many charitable organisations with shops in North Tyneside that accept and would be very grateful for such items – and many have recycle points in supermarket car parks, at a number of community centres and other locations.”

One of the charities that accept textiles in North Tyneside is St Oswald’s Hospice, which has shops in Whitley Bay, North Shields, Forest Hall, Benton, Wallsend and Shiremoor.

Andrew Moir, head of retail at St Oswald’s Hospice, said: “All textiles have a value to us, and we would encourage people to bring their unwanted clothing along to their local St Oswald’s shop.

“We accept anything apart from quilts, and even items we are unable to sell have a recycling value to us.

“As well as bringing goods into our stores, we operate a free collections service for people with a large amount of items to donate.

“You can call 0191 246 8123 to arrange a collection.”

For details of recycling banks and other charities that have informed the council that they accept textiles, visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk