Textile recycling a focus in future

Published on 25 May 2021

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Investigating opportunities for textile recycling partnerships and trials will be part of MidCoast Council’s future focused approach to waste management.

A report assessing the possibility of implementing textile recycling facilities at waste management sites across the region has been supported by Councillors.

As a result, Council will seek grant funding for a textile recycling trial and will also investigate partnerships with textile recyclers, which may include providing drop off facilities for the community at waste management centres.

“On the MidCoast alone, we receive about 2,070 tonnes of textiles through our waste management facilities, every year,” explained Council’s Director of Liveable Communities, Paul De Szell.

“Textile decomposition can take up to 200 years and during that time these materials leach out harmful chemicals such as ammonia and methane, creating significant environmental harm.

“Textile recycling is an important component of the way we manage our waste, and following the support of Councillors, we will be updating our waste management strategy to reflect that we need to look at better ways to recycle our textiles.”

At the meeting Council resolved to seek $50,000 in  grant funding for a textiles recycling trial that would include the purchase of a baler, receptacles and signage.

It was also agreed that Council would discuss with contractors JR Richards & Sons options of baling mattress foam and textile material for recycling.

“Textiles are a major problem when it comes to waste management, particularly as a result of fast fashion and the ‘throw-away’ mentality that is prominent in our society.

“This is a big step in the right direction and will make a difference to our landfills in the future.”

For further information about Council’s waste management, including where local waste facilities are located, head to the website www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Environment/Bins-and-Waste.