Joint scheme plans to recycle old clothes for charity cash

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CHARITIES and communities are set to cash in on a drive to make the most out of textile recycling banks.

A joint scheme by East Hampshire District Council and Winchester City Council aims to streamline the way in which textiles such as clothes, curtains and blankets are collected.

At the moment, five charities operate on council-owned sites. But the two authorities believe much more income could be generated by running it themselves and expanding the network.

Councillor Richard Millard, chairman of the East Hampshire and Winchester Joint Environmental Services Committee, said they would guarantee the charities’ incomes matches or exceeds what it is now, and plough the surplus into local community projects.

If the scheme goes ahead, the European Recycling Company – which already runs a service for Fareham Borough Council and Portsmouth City Council – will take over and has promised higher returns than those achieved by the charities.

More council owned-sites – 71 in total – would be identified and the donations will go to Hampshire Air Ambulance, Oxfam, British Heart Foundation, Salvation Army and Traid.