Global charity Oxfam has relocated its Wastesaver textile sorting centre from Huddersfield to a larger site in Batley, West Yorkshire.
The Wastesaver facility recycles textiles that cannot be re-sold in shops and minimises the amount sent to landfill. Having moved into the Batley site (pictured below) at the beginning of April, the aim is to double productivity in the first year and recruit 14 local staff.
Oxfam textiles reuse manager Lorraine Needham-Brinley told MRW: “Productivity is remaining slow due to the fact that we are still in the second phase of recruiting staff. It is planned to be gradual build up.”
She said the new site has been fitted with a sprinkler system for fire prevention, and added: “Wastesaver is a vital part of what we do and we look forward to expanding operations in the hope to increase revenue and ultimately raise more money for our work worldwide.”
The Wastesaver facility was located in Huddersfield from 1967 but it was burnt down in 2011 along with thousands of pounds worth of stock.
Since then, the facility operated at a temporary site with limited capacity, while looking for a new location. Needham-Brinley said: “After the fire we moved onto manual sort, completely off tables. Over the months there we got two conveyor belts.”