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Recycling old clothes/rags

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Green & Ethical MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Green & Ethical MoneySaving
Hi Does anyone know if there is anywhere I can take a bag of old clothes (not good enough for charity shop) to be recycled. I am in Medway, Kent, Our local recyling point takes only wearable clothing. Thanks

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  • GiraffePCGiraffePC Forumite
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    Be worth 'phoning some shops. When I worked in a charity shop we could sell the 'rags' (clothes not fit for sale) for a small amount.

    Peter.
  • Hi Busiscoming2.
    Please take your bag to your charity shop .If you explain it cotains only fabric unfit for resale they should be very happy to accept it as they can sell on for recycling.
    Every day donations given by the public are normaly a mixture of items,these are sorted clothes by season (spring,winter summer ect.)quality -salable or recycle.Bric a brac salable chiped or broken bin Im affraid.Toys clean ,CE label if soft ,salable.Broken or damaged bin sorry!!Books graded and priced ,badly damaged -recycle.
    Please ask and your shop should be able to give you an idea of what they can use.I dont need coat hangers or carrier bags so ask for these to be retained by donator otherwise only things not acceptable : anything that breathes or plugs in.The last one depends on the charity in question.
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  • arkonite_babearkonite_babe Forumite
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    When I worked for a charity shop, by law our local council didn't allow us to resell any electrical goods unless they had been professionally pat tested and had a cert to state that they were safe. As this cost so much we just refused to take any electrical items.

    HTH
  • madoldbatmadoldbat Forumite
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    When I worked for a charity shop, by law our local council didn't allow us to resell any electrical goods unless they had been professionally pat tested and had a cert to state that they were safe. As this cost so much we just refused to take any electrical items.

    HTH
    Yes this is the case my shop refuses electrics for this reason but a number of local charities do have an elecrition who can do pat test and so accept so its always good to ask first.
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  • minotminot Forumite
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    You could try a local school as they may take them for fabric for sewing classes. Or a junior school on nursery may take them to cut up to make things with?
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  • geordie_joegeordie_joe Forumite
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    minot wrote: »
    You could try a local school as they may take them for fabric for sewing classes. Or a junior school on nursery may take them to cut up to make things with?

    Proggy mats
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    nearly all textiles can be recycled......( i now run a business recycling textiles )

    you can either take them to the charity shop and then they will sell on to textile recyclers ... or you can find a textile recycling company which depending on the quantity will buy them from you .....( like our company)

    so no matter what the condition...... please recycle......it most prob... can be used somewhere.....
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  • arkonite_babearkonite_babe Forumite
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    Proggy mats

    What in the name of goodness is a proggy mat???

    Never heard of that before? Is it something that is a local craft in your area or am I dense :D
  • geordie_joegeordie_joe Forumite
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    What in the name of goodness is a proggy mat???

    Never heard of that before? Is it something that is a local craft in your area or am I dense :D

    I'm really tempted just to answer YES :D

    Not sure if they are just local to the north east, but proggy mats are mats made from strips of old cloth "progged" through a hessian backing.

    Do a google search for "proggy mat" and you'll find lots of examples.
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  • arkonite_babearkonite_babe Forumite
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    Ah, I see now, it's a rag rug!! ;)
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