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Surplus of second hand clothing due to Waste Shipment Regulations

The textile industry is beginning to see a surplus of second hand clothing due to the revised Waste Shipment Regulations, according to the Textile Recycling Association national liaison manager. Alan Wheeler has said that the surplus in second hand clothing is linked to the revised Waste Shipment Regulations that came into force on July 2007. These regulations place stricter requirements on the export of all waste streams and there are harsher penalties for those who break the rules. While the competent authorities in the UK are seemingly trying to proportionate risk-based approach to the export of second hand textiles, other competent authorities in the European Union (EU) are taking a more stringent approach, which is resulting in more shipments being stopped and checked as they transit through the EU. The uncertainties that these new regulations have brought may become more certain as it becomes clearer as to how the EUs competent authorities intend to implement these regulations, but that does not mean to say that it will get better.

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