A code of practice for textile recycling aimed at improving industry standards has been launched by the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).
The code sets out the professional standards that all used textile collectors should aspire to, according to the TRA. It includes the standards expected of TRA members when they engage in charity shop, clothing bank, door to door and other forms of used clothing and textile collections.
Among the requirements specified in the code of practice is the need to have a valid Waste Carriers Licence, Environmental Permit or Exemption from Environmental Permitting.
TRA president Ross Barry said the code was the latest part of its process of working towards ensuring members operate to the standards expected by the public and other stakeholders.
“This code will enhance the expectations required of our members who are already compelled to uphold various requirements set by the TRA and others,” he said.
The new code also spells out that TRA members are required to uphold all legal obligations. It focuses on those who carry out charitable fundraising, stressing the need to be transparent about who is collecting and how a charity benefits.
TRA national liaison manager Alan Wheeler said: “Businesses raise substantial sums for their charity partners and pass on a significant proportion of the net profits. All the costs are absorbed by the TRA member. Now there is also the reassurance of knowing that the member has signed up to this new code of practice, the public can more certain that when a collection is carried out by a TRA member it is being undertaken by professionals that are operating to the level of integrity that people should expect. The public should simply look out for the TRA Logo.”
The TRA said it also hopes the public will become more aware that the established industry mainly consists of profit making businesses, and that making money from charitable collections is vital.
It also pointed out that TRA members were major employers in their local area.