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Clothing brands and retailers could fund £35m annual recycling scheme

19 February 2019

MPs have urged the government to force brands and retailers to pay a penny on every clothing garment they sell, in order to fund a £35m annual recycling scheme.

The fashion industry is estimated to be worth £28bn to the UK economy, with an estimated £30bn just hanging in wardrobes. The UK fashion economy is said to produce as many greenhouse gases as the global aviation industry and according to the charity Wrap, the average lifetime of a clothing garment is just over two years.

In a report, the Environmental Audit Committee recommended “economic incentives” to retailers who do more for recycling and suggested a taxation reform that rewarded environmentally-friendly businesses could be a way to ensure lower greenhouse gas emissions from the clothing industry.

The committee claimed that an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme could raise £35m to reinvest in sustainable fashion, creating more jobs within the industry.

How can I contribute to sustainable fashion?

Fast fashion is becoming increasingly scrutinised, with consumers choosing more sustainable lifestyles when it comes to their clothes. Research has proved that shoppers are buying clothing less than they used to, with monthly shopping figures slowly dropping.

Taking items from your wardrobe to a clothing bank can ensure that your clothes are recycled effectively by a team of experts. Whilst some clothing can take forty years to decompose, our specialists have the expertise to ensure that any material is recycled properly: we have over twenty locations to drop your clothes off at.


We are an experienced team of recycling specialists based in Dorset and Oxfordshire. We have expertise in all areas of recycling and waste disposal ranging from cardboard recycling and End of Life Vehicle Collection, to trade waste disposal and metal recycling. For more information about our recycling services, or for further advice on how you can make a difference at home, contact our team on 01202 675564.

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Locate your nearest household waste centre and scrap yard using the list below. Unsure of where your waste needs to go? Contact our team and we'll be more than happy to help. For your local council charges visit the Oxford Council and Dorset For You websites.

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