The Salvation Army is to introduce a school collection system, mobile collection banks and a door-to-door service as part of an effort to increase councils recycling figures.
Salvation Army national recycling coordinator Paul Ozanne told MRW: We are working with local authorities to maximise the amount of recycling in any particular local authority area. We provide this service free of charge.
The Salvation Army has 3,500 collection banks in the UK.
The charity will also start a mobile collection scheme. Ozanne said: We will be working with local authorities to identify six or seven locations so that bank may spend the night or the month in a community and the same bank will move to the next location for a month the idea is to get into hard to reach places.
We are also doing door-to-door collections where we are collecting in areas in agreement with local authorities. Royal Mail will deliver the bags for us and then residents will leave their bags for us to pick up.
The Salvation Army has also released a DVD about their school clothing collection banks which features TV presenters Gary Lineker and Chris Tarrant. Gary Lineker presents a Match of the Day style section about textile recycling and Chris Tarrant does a Who wants to be a millionaire style section to encourage children to send unwanted good quality clothes and shoes to their school banks. The Salvation Army will pay the schools for all the items they collect and vans will collect the items and take it back to their depots. The clothes and shoes will then be sold abroad at affordable prices. Ozanne said: The funds raised come back to the UK to help people in need.
Local authorities can get brownie points for the amount of clothing we collect. The tonnages they collect contribute to their recycling targets.
Image: Salvation Army national recycling coordinator Paul Ozanne