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Wanted: life-saving textile recyclers

Money that could be saving sick babies' lives has instead been spent on skips, after a charity couldn't find a textile recycler willing to take its waste material.

BDF Newlife helps babies with debilitating and life-threatening conditions through research into their inborn conditions and by providing nursing services and grants for their families.

The charity collects second-hand clothes from its stores for resale, but some of the material received can't be sold again and is only fit for shredding.

However, BDF Newlife recycling officer Matthew Dunning said they have been unable to find a recycler willing to take the material off their hands.

He added: "I have been trying to get someone to help since February, but most recyclers want us to bale the material, or they only want stuff that's fit for reuse. Many just don't see any economic value in coming to collect the material from our depot."

This means that the charity has to bag up the waste materials and put them in skips.

Dunning said: "The money that we have to spend on the skips reduces the money we can use for families' grants and medical research."

The charity also has a problem with single shoes being donated.

If you have a recycling solution for either of these problems, please call Matthew Dunning on 01543 468888.

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