The British Red Cross has opened a textile recycling warehouse to process donations from such banks sited in Tesco car parks in the south-west.
Tesco has hosted the textile banks in car parks since 2007 as part of a longstanding partnership with the charity.
The new warehouse in Honicknowle, Plymouth, will receive and sort items from 17 stores located from Exmouth to Penzance, and will be open six days a week.
Approximately 900 black bin liners’-worth of potential stock is expected to arrive each week at the site, which opened on 2 January.
Warehouse manager Sharon Clemens said: “This warehouse will allow us to deal much more efficiently with the large amount of stock generated from the Tesco car park banks.
“Once sorted, items that can be resold – such as clothing, footwear, bric-a-brac and DVDs – are sent to our shops across Devon, Cornwall and the Channel Islands.
“Anything that we cannot re-sell in our shops because it does not pass quality control checks, such as broken jewellery and mobile phones, can still raise money via our partnership with recycling merchants.”
Volunteers are now needed to help process and sort donations. Volunteer drivers are also required and full expenses will be paid.
Clemens added: “Our shops exist entirely on donations from the public and we have been overwhelmed by the generous contributions we receive. We are also very grateful to Tesco for its ongoing support.”