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Peterborough gets textile recycling makeover

Recycling officials at Peterborough City Council will be changing the way people dispose of textiles because the existing system is not efficient.

For five years, householders have been putting unwanted clothes, shoes, bedding and curtains into their green recycling boxes, along with glass.

But the council has said that too much is being contaminated with other waste and ends up being sent to landfill.

The Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), an independent body which works with the council to improve recycling facilities, is looking for new ways to change the current system.

PECT communities team officer Janine Starling said: "Materials were getting caught up with machinery at the materials recycling facility and putting it in the green recycling bin did not
really work.

Options being considered to change the system include doorstep collections by the council, recycling clothing through local schools using the local school as the recycling pick-up point.

Starling said that she has opened a consultation to talk to local people to find out how they currently recycle textiles and what methods they would like to use in the future. The results are expected to be published in September.


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