Textile collection & recovery trial

Waverley Council is trialling the collection and recovery of textiles from apartment buildings. Clothing and apparel represent approximately 6% of the domestic waste stream, and can often be repurposed or resold rather than sent to landfill.

Did you know?

  • It can take up to 2,700L of water to produce one tee-shirt (source ACTA)
  • Annual Co2 emissions from textiles is 1.2 Billion tonnes, more than emissions from all international flights and maritime shipping combined! (source ACTA)
  • Between 500,000 & 800,000 tonnes of textiles are disposed of in Australia’s landfills annually. (source ACTA)

The trial commenced in September 2019 and as of Dec 2020, the program had diverted more than eight tonnes of textiles from landfill.

How does the trial work?

Collection bins are placed in the waste storage area of apartment buildings with 40 or more units. Residents can dispose of unwanted textiles (i.e. anything that can be worn on the body as well as shoes) to divert these items from the red bin. Then, a service provider engages with the building directly to collect the materials and reports the tonnage of textiles reused/repurposed

Is your building eligible?

We are working with a select number of apartment buildings with more than 40 units (smaller buildings will be considered on a case-by-case basis) to pilot dedicated recycling services for textiles. Participation is subject to a site assessment by the service provider to ensure there is enough space and access for bins.

There is currently no cost to the building to participate in this trial, however, the building manager must commit to a 12-month participation in the program and agree to the terms and conditions of the service provider.

Register your interest

Please email environment@waverley.nsw.gov.au, including the building address, number of apartments and main point of contact.

This project is a NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

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