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Snow disruption continues to affect textile recycling industry

Some textile recyclers are continuing to experience a shortfall in material as a result of collection disruptions through the severe December weather.

The snow that fell across November and December 2010, caused difficulties for firms collecting material from door to door rounds, while the public were unable to donate to banks.

I&G Cohen financial director Phil Geller said: “Obviously the winter weather affected everyone’s collections. They really came to a halt. Textile banks and door to door collections were affected quite badly. There are current textile shortages because of the shortfall from Christmas and it will take time for production levels to come back up, but I expect it to feed through in the next few weeks.”

LMB general manager Ross Barry added: “Collections couldn’t happen when it was snowing, which caused a drop in material. There is always a busy period at the beginning of the year because everyone clears out their wardrobes but it has gone quiet again now.”

Textile prices are also at historically high levels. According to WRAP MPR/MRW prices, a tonne of textile bank material is currently £330.

A recycler who had to abandon door to door collections when it snowed commented: “The current prices are too high for many textile collectors. They won’t be able to keep paying these levels because it’s not commercially viable.”

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