Council to take less cash from textile banks

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THE amount of money Fareham Borough Council is to take from a controversial new textile recycling scheme has been cut.

At its meeting last night, the council’s ruling executive agreed that it would only take 10 per cent of the money raised from the textile recycling banks on its property.

As reported in The News, the council upset charities by announcing it was going to take over the running of the banks on its land, and according to a preliminary report was looking at taking 25 per cent of the cash raised, whilst divvying up the rest to good causes chosen by members and residents.

But the council has now also guaranteed that it will make sure £35,000 of the revenue generated from the banks is split between the three charities that used the banks on its land.

This is equal to what the charities currently make from the banks.

Hampshire Air Ambulance will receive £17,500 while TRAID and the Salvation Army split the rest.

The remainder of the money will go into the council’s community fund and any local community groups with projects that benefit residents or the local environment will be able to bid for this funding.

Councillor Leslie Keeble, who is in charge of streetscene matters, said: ‘The council is working to increase the level of clothing and textiles recycling taking place in the borough by promoting it more effectively and providing more recycling banks in convenient sites.

‘The anticipated increase in proceeds will benefit local community groups as well as helping to keep council tax down at a time of tight household budgets.’

The council has signed a deal with the European Recycling Company, which it says will run the banks more efficiently, and give a higher return per tonne than the ones that were on council land.

Council leader, Cllr Sean Woodward added: ‘There are no losers here, only winners.’

Clothing and textile recycling banks on private land that are operated by the charities currently will not be affected by the new arrangements and will still be available for public use.

For information on what you can recycle go to fareham.gov.uk