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Japanese clothing take back schemes model for UK

Clothes retailer take back schemes similar to those used in Japan could help collect increasing amounts of clothes entering the waste stream, suggests research. Consultant Oakdene Hollins has released a report Clothing Take Back for Recycling and Reuse: A Japanese Insight, which examines Japanese schemes. The consultants said that Japan has faced similar problems to the UK, for example limited landfill space and increases in the amount of waste generated. The document gives a snapshot of three Japanese schemes run by department store Takashimaya, high street value retailer Uniqlo and corporate clothing manufacturer Kurabo. These businesses run voluntary collection schemes with mechanical and chemical fibre recyclers. The report said that: It is evident that store based collection can work and most stores appear to have adopted a campaign approach, rather than offering to collect clothes at any time of year using loyalty card mail outs. It also found that customers reactions had been generally positive. It said that Japan has a lower level of clothing recycling compared to the UK, with higher levels of energy recovery from clothing disposed of to municipal waste.

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