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New alliance to unite textile industry

A new alliance between textile sorting firms JMP Wilcox, Laurence M. Barry & co. and Nathans Wastesavers has been formed to provide a gold standard for textile exports.

Sort UK is a voluntary collaboration committed to creating fully auditable systems, full UK waste compliance, responsible recycling and efficient national coverage.

JMP Wilcox managing director Martin Wilcox said: The key reason for this group is to keep textiles free from contamination. A lot of the time when textiles are exported there are plastic bottles and dirty paint overalls mixed in, so the material cannot be used. It is important that this should be taken out before it is exported.

As an alliance we all have the same ethics and ensuring we remove this waste so the product can be exported to the destination and is 100 per cent usable in that market.

Sort UK hopes to develop a system which can allow Government, local authorities and any other relevant organisations to track the end destination of everything a member has received for recycling from collection to end-use. It should all be sorted in the UK under present UK legislation by workers legally entitled to work in the UK. The three firms cover most of the UK with Nathans Textiles covering Scotland, JMP Wilcox overseeing the centre of the UK and LMB looking after the south of England. However, Sort UK hope to create an infrastructure so there is a local member wherever possible thereby reducing the carbon footprint of sorting waste.

It is hoped that others will join Sort UK in upholding these values. Each interested candidate will have an audit from the present members to ensure that the standard is kept high.

Wilcox added: Textiles has been a segregated business in the past and now we want to change this because it seems to have lead to a dissemination of the textiles industry.

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