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South Kesteven District councillor's proposal for more textile recycling bins in district rejected

A councillor’s plan for more textile recycling bins in South Kesteven has been rejected.

District councillor Ashley Baxter (Ind) proposed that the district needed more bins for residents to recycle their unwanted clothes.

A number of UK charities work with local authorities to promote and increase recycling via the provision of publicly accessible textiles banks.

Coun Ashley Baxter
Coun Ashley Baxter

Coun Baxter’s proposal said: “If the council were to offer suitable locations for the charity textile banks, the council would receive an incentive in the form of a modest fee per tonne of recycled materials.”

Textiles collected via the banks are sorted in the UK. The re-usable garments are sold to secondary markets typically in Eastern Europe or further afield where they are resold or re-used.

Any unwearable garments are sold into the rag trade and recycled into other products, for example, cleaning materials.

Coun Baxter’s motion added: “The council shall seek to enter into partnership with charitable textiles recycling organisations to install at least four textiles recycling banks on council-owned land. This will include at least one charity textile recycling bank in each of the four urban settlements (Grantham, Bourne, Stamford, the Deepings).”

A member of the environment overview and scrutiny committee that discussed the plan, Councillor Gloria Johnson, opposed the motion. She said: “The local parish council and town council were approached and none of them wanted any of these recycling places. As a committee, we felt there were enough places to recycle.”

Coun Chris Benn (Con), chairman of the committee, said: “More bins does not necessarily mean more recycling. We would risk being branded as stealing from charities, it’s their money if they collect.”

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