Record volumes of donated clothing have been collected by the Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCoL) for the 2010/11 financial year.
Initial figures show that more than 35,500 tonnes were collected – the highest ever volume for the company. This is up nearly 4.5% on tonnages for 2009/10 and continues an upward trend in volumes collected by the company.
SATCoL reported year-on-year increases in tonnages of donated clothing collected since 1999/2000, with the exception of 2005/06 when figures dropped by 98 tonnes.
The announcement comes as the textile collector celebrates its 20th anniversary and what looks to be its most successful year of operation.
National recycling co-ordinator Paul Ozanne said: “We’ve witnessed many fluctuations in the textile recycling market, but we see this as a positive thing as we’ve come safely through the bad times as well as the good. We’re in a great position to expand further, and plans are firmly in place to maximise the potential of the company and the brand. We are very optimistic about the next 20 years.”
SATCoL operates more than 5,000 clothing banks and around 120 charity shops throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. It also distributes 400,000 door-to-door bags per week. It is currently implementing an ambitious business growth strategy to drive expansion, with 500 extra banks and more than 50 more charity shop openings planned for the 2011/12 financial year.