Textile Recycling Association welcomes ground breaking publications by WRAP

The Textile Recycling Association welcomes the launch today of a number of key publications by WRAP which have been produced through the Sustainable Clothing Roadmap and which will help to shape the future of the textile reclamation industry in the years to come.

The publications include:

  1. Textiles Collections Guidance – for local authorities and other stakeholders.
  2. UK Textile Product Flows and Market Opportunities – providing the evidence base for market development opportunities for the textile recycling sector.
  3. The Impact of Textile Feedstock on Value
  4. Washing and Drying Contaminated Textile Trails
  5. Corporate work wear arisings and recovery opportunities


Alan Wheeler – National Liaison Manager for the said:

These publications have come out hot on heels of “Valuing our Clothes” published at Clothing Roadmap Conference earlier in July.  They are the culmination of a lot of hard work by WRAP, their researchers, members of the Textile Recycling Association and other key stakeholders involved in the used clothing industry.  Taking things forward we welcome the opportunity to work with local authorities, charities, WRAP and others to deliver many of the recommendations and conclusions from these publications and divert even more clothing away from waste disposal and increase re-use and recycling”;

The Textiles Collection Guidance provides practical advice to help local authorities, textiles collectors and other stakeholders to increase textile re-use and recycling and reduce the amount of textiles in the waste stream.  It also provides information on how to communicate new textile collection schemes to the public.  The Textile Recycling Association is keen to promote further textile collections and we would also like potential partners to give consideration to guidance issued by the Charity Retail Association.

The Textile Recycling Association also wants to explore the market interventions identified in the product flows and market opportunities report, and to see the development of new textile collection infrastructure which gives consideration to key findings in the textile feedstock report. The washing and drying contaminated textile trails also challenges some widely held views in the industry and could provide a way forward for the sector to tackle the reclamation of some of more difficult textile items.

The recovery of corporate work wear is also becoming a more prominent issue for many businesses. The Textile Recycling Association receives regular enquiries about such matters.  Most corporate wear currently goes for recycling.  We will be keen to look at the recommendations further and work with other parties to establish a formal network which businesses can use when they are looking to recover or recycle their old uniforms etc.

Further Information
Contact: Alan Wheeler – National Liaison Manager
Tel: 0845 6008276