How unwanted clothes often end up in landfill


The majority of Britain’s unwanted clothes end up in landfills rather than being recycled and its believed 235 million items are expected to end up there this Spring.


Many people admit to binning their discarded clothes, one of the main reasons for this is they do not realise that worn-out or dirty clothes can be recycled or accepted by charities. With many people Spring cleaning, the removal of their clothes will be damaging for the environment. On average people will dispose of 19 items, 7 of which will go straight in the bin. Over the past 10 years clothing has become the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. The charity Oxfam along with the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s are encouraging people to donate unwanted clothing to their stores car parks.


49% of people said they threw clothes in the bin as they didn’t think they could recycle dirty or worn out clothes, 16% said they didn’t have time to visit a charity shop with 6% saying they didn’t even know clothes could be recycled. Men are more likely to send clothing to landfills with 82% saying they would bin items opposed to 69% of women.


Marks and Spencer have also teamed up with Oxfam, with people receiving a £5 Marks and Spencer voucher when donating old M&S clothing, this scheme is known as Shwopping. TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK are also encouraging people to ‘give up clothes for good’ in order to raise money to fight against children’s cancer. Both these schemes hope to improve the amount of clothing that is being recycled.


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