Textile amnesty day to keep charity in air

Yorkshire Air Ambulance volunteers will be collecting textiles at the Co-op.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance volunteers will be collecting textiles at the Co-op.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is teaming up with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) to hold a textile amnesty day in Bridlington later this month.

YAA volunteers will join the council’s waste and recycling officers at the Co-op store in Martongate on Tuesday 28 March between 4.30pm and 7.30pm to collect any unwanted materials.

Residents are being encouraged to take any unwanted clothing, shoes and textiles – including sheets, blankets, towels and quilt covers – to amnesty events so they can be collected by the charity.

The event is being held to encourage residents to recycle their old clothes and materials and not to place them in their household bins, as they cannot be recycled that way. Each year in the East Riding around 8% of all waste put in blue bins is textiles.

That is 2,820 tonnes of fabrics from an overall total of 35,245 tonnes of waste collected for recycling.

Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment, said: “East Riding residents are some of the best recyclers in the country, so it would be great if every old T-shirt or pair of shoes was taken to a nearby clothing bank rather than placed in the bin at home.

“And that’s what our amnesty is about – helping the environment and helping to raise money for a worthwhile charity too.”

Anyone with questions about recycling textiles can email the council’s waste and recycling officers at wastewatchers@eastriding.gov.uk.