One of the leading textile recycling organisations has announced that it has reached the £9 million milestone of funds raised for partner charities across the UK.
The Bag it Up (BIU) Group, which collects and recycles clothes, shoes and textiles, said the funds go towards a number of charities, including air ambulances, cancer treatment centres, children’s hospices and youth sporting associations.
The group was founded in 2005 and is part of the Textile Recycling International group of companies, including Nathans Wastesavers, Cookstown Recycling and JMP Wilcox.
Commenting on the milestone, Carrie Carpenter, charity relationships manager at the BIU Group said the funds play a major role in the work that the charities do.
“We work with regional charities up and down the country to help them collect discarded household items of clothing. For many it has become a major source of income generation,” she explained.
Ms Carpenter added: “Our work has helped to save or improve the lives of many people by providing funds towards the lifesaving and life-changing goals our charity partners have. These organisations all do amazing jobs and we are constantly in awe of the work they perform.”
Charity partners for the BIU don’t pay a fee and BIU provides all the equipment and services needed to operate its recycling schemes. This sees banks placed at accessible locations including supermarkets and convenience stores, car parks, retail parks, leisure centres and public houses.
The Halifax-based recycler has over 1,000 textile banks at various points across the UK, and in particular raised more than £100,000 through donations in Hampshire alone in the last three years
Trevor Vidler, vice chair and public profile officer at Hampshire Search & Rescue, said this has been vital for the charity.
He said:“The support given to us by BIU through this partnership is invaluable and benefits not only the local community by supporting our work, but also reduces landfill and provides affordable clothing to developing countries. We look forward to continuing to build our partnership with them to achieve both our and their next fantastic milestone.”
Bag It Up Group