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Salvation Army renews textile collection agreements

Three local authorities have renewed agreements with the Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCoL) to collect clothing from its bring-bank sites.

The company will retain a total of 58 banks across the three areas, with 37 in the London Borough of Bexley, 15 in Costwold District Council sites and six in the City of London Corporation area.

SATCoL operates a fleet of vehicles under its Clothing Collection Scheme to collect textiles and shoes from clothing banks, door-to-door collections, schools, colleges and other organisations throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. Profits from the sale of clothing go to The Salvation Army charity.

SATCoL national recycling co-ordinator Paul Ozanne said the company was looking for more sites in the areas.

“We’re really pleased that as a charitable clothing collection service we’ve been able to sign new agreements to continue our partnership with these local authorities,” he said.

“We have maintained nearly 60 clothing banks sites and will be actively looking to develop additional sites in these locations, which is good news in terms of diverting textiles from landfill as well as raising more money to support The Salvation Army.

“We understand that local authorities throughout the UK are under pressure to increase income and reduce spending, however we’re really pleased that the 300-plus councils that we work with understand the value of charity collections in helping to fund vital welfare services in communities throughout the country, which ultimately improve the lives of residents and take the pressure of local authority-funded services and facilities.”

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