Evesham firefighters among those helping save clothes from landfill - The Evesham Observer

Evesham firefighters among those helping save clothes from landfill

Evesham Editorial 8th Dec, 2021   0

FIREFIGHTERS in Evesham are among those to have helped the service collect more than 482 tonnes of unwanted clothing in in its Fire Fighters Charity recycling banks.

This impressive result, donated by the generous public, is the quantity and value of clothing collected by the service over the past decade and available for resale, re-use and recycling to provide the maximum benefit possible to worthy causes and to firefighters who themselves need welfare support.

This achievement has been flagged up in the Fire Fighters Charity’s latest Clothes Recycling Performance Report, which has announced that nearly £5million of unwanted clothing has been donated to fire stations across UK in the ten years up to March 2021.

The report shows that clothes recycling for The Fire Fighters Charity has seen ten years of steady growth generating £4.6million across the UK over this period – diverting more than 26,000 tonnes of unwanted clothing away from landfill.

Clothing, shoes, handbags and textiles donated as part of the Fire Fighters Charity’s Recycling Scheme are collected by the Fire Fighters Charity’s recycling partners, enabling wearable clothing to be re-used and usually finding its way to under-developed countries, to the benefit of their communities.

Meanwhile, any unwearable textiles are recycled into a range of items such as industrial wipers and car upholstery as well as being re-used in the production of scores of other items.

The income generated for the Fire Fighters Charity from textile recycling helps fund the charity’s physical, psychological and welfare support for firefighters across UK who turn to the charity for help, after their many years of dedicated support to the public whenever called on.

Group Commander Martin Lown, HWFRS’s Fire Fighters Charity lead, said: “This is a really great result and I’d like to thank the Herefordshire and Worcestershire communities for your support to this highly worthwhile scheme.

“By making the effort to bring items to our recycling banks instead of simply throwing them away, you are directly contributing to communities in the developing world, as well as supporting our firefighters should they need the charity’s help after their many years of service to our two counties.

Visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/get-involved/recycle-your-clothing for more.

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