WRAP is seeking bids for demonstration projects aimed at increasing the collection of textiles for recycling.
WRAP says the markets for recycling grade textiles can be challenging so it is seeking expressions of interest to establish and run projects that would include clothing and other items such as curtains and bed linen.
It is hoping that the demonstration schemes will give an indication of how collections could better be carried out and also the amount and type of items that could be collected. This information could be used to inform market development.
The WRAP report, Textile Flow and Market Development Opportunities in the UK, indicated that targeting the household waste stream was the single biggest opportunity, by weight, to reduce the amount of textiles being disposed of as residual waste.
In 2010 2.7 million tonnes of all types of textiles were consumed in the UK, with only 30% of these being recycled or reused and approximately 905,200 tonnes disposed of as residual waste, at an estimated value of £238m if reused, recycled or sent for energy recovery.
WRAP also believes that textiles sent for landfill or disposal may have been judged by consumers as not being fit for reuse, without considering that they may have the potential to be recycled. It says that a significant proportion of the textiles entering the waste stream could be recycling grade materials and could be captured.