Stretching across 115,000 square feet, the £2.5 million extension has been built to encourage and highlight the firms commitment to sorting in the UK.
Currently, some UK firms are sending their collected textiles abroad, to places like Eastern Europe in order to be sorted. According to some in the industry, this practice is pushing textile prices up, which is the squeezing margins of those firms which sort in the UK.
The extra space allows the plant to sort over 500 tonnes of textiles per week, using new conveyor belts that distribute clothing more evenly, making it easier and more accurate to sort by hand and therefore, more efficient.
A new drive-in section of the building also allows trucks to unload indoors instead of the common practice of reversing into the plants yard and unloading. This helps to stop water contamination of the textiles.
Business development director Roberto Cocozza said: Some other textile firms send textiles abroad to be sorted, which means a lot of UK waste ends up in their landfill sites. We are bucking the trend and looking to the future of the UK industry with this facility because those countries sorting textiles exported from the UK will soon end up tightening their landfill rules, eventually slowing down this type of sorting process and bringing business back to the UK.
Nathans Wastesavers is part of textile alliance Sort UK, which is focused on developing and maintaining high industry standards for UK textile sorting businesses.