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Oxfam and EA urge the public to donate to charity

Unwanted clothes, books and household items from the Christmas period should be given to charity and not be put in the recycling box, say the Environment Agency and charity Oxfam.

Environment Agency head of waste Liz Parkes said: We need to reduce, reuse and recycle before we ever consider throwing things away. Its crazy that quality clothes, books and household items that are being replaced by Christmas presents end up in landfills rather than being reused through charity shops.

reported before Christmas that the volume of clothing being donated to charity stores had decreased amid the economic downturn.

Research undertaken by Oxfam and Marks and Spencer earlier this year, showed that there are unworn clothes worth more than £4.7 billion gathering dust in the nations cupboards. While the
Environment Agency estimates that more than 1m tonnes of clothes and other textiles are sent to landfill every year.

Parkes added: We all know the importance of buying products such as plastic bottles and cans that are made from recycled materials but you can also reduce your environmental footprint by buying reusable items like clothes and books from charity shops.

Image: Oxfam clothes exchange

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