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Councils asked to test textile ‘survival bags’

WRAP are inviting local authorities to take part in a pilot project to boost textile recycling by issuing protective bags for clothing and materials.

A recent WRAP report estimated that one million tonnes of textiles worth £238m are thrown out for waste collection and sent to landfill each year.

It was found that a large quantity of textiles also became unusable due to contamination from being collected loose in bins or bags along with other recycled materials.  

Under a pilot scheme, WRAP are looking for councils and their partners to test “survival bags” to keep materials free from contamination during the recycling process.

WRAP said the scheme would include two English councils and one from Scotland. The pilots will last three months, and expressions of interest should be submitted by 8 October.

A WRAP spokesperson said: “As well as determining whether the bags protect items collected from the kerbside, we want to see which type of bag works best, the costs and any operational implications.”

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