Richmond upon Thames to benefit from free clothing collection service

Release Date: 23 May 2018

Richmond upon Thames is one of six boroughs that will have access to a new free collection service for unwanted clothing and shoes.

The service is simple and easy to use. Residents will be able to book a collection online or via phone for a time that they will be at home, so they can hand the textiles directly to the driver.

You can donate any textiles from clothing and shoes to linen, as long as they are in a clean condition. Duvets or pillows will not be accepted. The collected textiles are sorted and then either sold through TRAID’s charity shops, donated overseas or turned into scraps for industrial use.

The new service, launched at Richmond May Fair, is provided by West London Waste Authority and London-based clothing charity TRAID.

Cllr Martin Elengorn, Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning and Sustainability, said:

“By donating your unwanted textiles you will be ensuring they are re-used and recycled rather than being added to the domestic waste collection."

Jose Balderon, Recycling Development Manager from TRAID, said:

“We’re delighted to be partnering with the West London Waste Authority to keep clothes, shoes and textiles in use for longer. Our wardrobes are full of clothes we no longer wear or need. Extending the life of the clothes we already have is one of the most environmentally beneficial things we can do to reduce our waste, water and carbon footprints.”

Emma Hall, Waste Minimisation Project Officer from West London Waste Authority, said:

“Textiles are a valuable resource and we do our best to encourage residents to re-use and recycle. Our aim is to remove all textiles from the bin and we’re embarking on this journey by starting with our partnership with TRAID in Richmond."

You can book collections through the TRAID website or by calling 020 8733 2595.

Notes for editors

Richmond is one of the first boroughs (alongside Brent) to receive this collection service. TRAID will look to roll out this service to the other four boroughs at a later date.

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182. 

Reference: P264/18

Updated: 31 May 2018