Reusing is better than recycling – it is always better to reuse things, before we consider recycling. Unfortunately, when we collect textiles as part of our kerbside recycling collection, the clothes become contaminated with other waste and pairs of shoes become separated, and as a result we can’t send them to be reused.
There are better collection routes available – charity shops and clothes recycling schemes ensure that the textiles don’t get mixed with other waste, and keep pairs of shoes together, this way the clothes and shoes can be reused.
More recycling – the textiles also become mixed-up with other material that we collect for recycling. This contamination makes it difficult for us to recycle these other materials, for example paper. If we stop collecting clothes, we can reduce the contamination, and recycle more.