Clothes recycling trial in Brockley and Telegraph Hill

Lewisham Council will trial a new textile recycling service in Brockley and Telegraph Hill, from January 25th until October.

The service will handle clean dry clothing, paired shoes/boots, belts, hats, bags/handbags, towels, bed linen (duvet covers, sheets, pillow cases) curtains and fabric. to arrange a collection, call 020 8314 7171.


The clothes and textiles will be collected and recycled by contractor Chris Carey Collections.

17 comments:

William said...

Whilst this is a good idea I can't help but think people are going to recycle clothing that could go to a charity shop.

Tamsin said...

Is it recycling or re-using. Is the cloth to be shredded for paper etc. On the other hand if they are asking for paired shoes it sounds like re-using. Hopefully they will give more information when it starts up.

Deptford dame said...

Agree it would be good to know, to enable people to make an informed decision on who is going to benefit from their old clothing. If it is simply going to a textile recycling company (whether for shredding or to be re-sold) I would rather let a charity of my choice benefit. All the same a collection service will be useful for people who can't get to a nearby charity shop to donate.

Brockley Jon said...

Perhaps I'm missing something, but isn't it easier to make the distinction yourself, then take your clothes to either a charity shop or a clothes recycling bank, rather than phoning someone up at the council and making it their problem? As we know, they have enough to worry about without the problem of my old socks.

It is a good thing at least for those who aren't able to get to said charity shop / recycling bank.

Anonymous said...

Ditto Brockley Jon, people can decide for themselves. Charity shops have their standards today and anything that doesn't reach that can go in this collection.

Brockley Dogging Society said...

And if anyone has any soiled underwear they no longer need they can donate it to our monthly auction.

Howson Road said...

...we have a Dogging Society?

Steamed up windows said...

Howson Road's on the rota for February. Look out for a brown Ford Cortina

hoarder said...

@Brockley Jon - aren't you rather assuming everyone has access to a car? And isn't this for stuff that won't go in normal recycling? I've got a load of clutter, old bedding etc. that I was wondering what to do with, and as I don't have a car it's hard to get bulky stuff to charity shops. This sounds like it might be the answer for me.

Brockley Jon said...

@hoarder, that's a good point about bedding, duvets etc, it'll be handy to have them picked up. But personally we got rid of the car years ago and haven't had any trouble taking stuff down to the charity shop. We used to take it on the bus to Lewisham when we were in north Brockley, but now we're closer to the Red Cross in Forest Hill.

Anonymous said...

stop moaning people - its a GOOD idea. Embrace. Charity shops dont collect -even when they say they do. I have a job that doesnt allow for jaunts on the bus to whereever and at 3 bags of good clean clothes and bedding that could do with a recycle and have been sat in my house for 2 months now. I know where they will be going...

Anonymous said...

ps i refuse to give it to those dodgy pretend charities that leave bags on my doorstep

greenqueen said...

The company doing the recycling is Chris Carey's Collections, they have a base in Deptford. They sort the items, re-sell anything worth selling (either on the second-hand market in Deptford or if it's vintage in their shop Rag n Bone on Deptford High Street), send other stuff for 'remanufacture or export' and also fill several bin lorries a week. This is a business rather than a charity, so make your decision as to what you do with your textiles accordingly. Don't forget there's always Freecycle if you want someone to collect from you.

max said...

"This is a business rather than a charity, so make your decision as to what you do with your textiles accordingly."

Yes, and as a business it provides jobs, so than more people can do charity instead of needing it.

I guess charities would much rather have a direct debit than the dinner jacket of your late uncle.

greenqueen said...

@max I say that because there seems to be a misunderstanding among some of the commenters that any type of clothes recycling is naturally a charity. Making your decision accordingly may well involve deciding to support a local business. I just thought people would prefer to make a decision based on facts not assumptions.

Brockley Nick said...

Fair point, have updated the article. Personally, I'm happy for a company to make money out of providing a useful service, but I can understand that people would want to be clear that this is not a charity service.

max said...

Fair point indeed.

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