As the local authority, East Devon District Council is responsible for refuse collection across a 314-square mile area of the South West, home to over 140,000 residents. Part of its remit is to encourage residents to reuse as much as possible, which involves providing them with the means to have their unwanted textiles collected from outside their homes.
SATCoL works with the council to collect the textiles, firstly by providing bags for households to fill with unwanted shoes and clothing, and secondly by collecting the gathered and weighed donations from the council’s depots, so that they can be transported to our recycling centres.
By lending the Salvation Army name to the scheme, SATCoL helps to boost resident confidence and engagement in the donation of textiles, which leads to better recycling rates for the council.
Councillor Geoff Jung oversees household refuse and recycling in the district. He says: “East Devon year-on-year has increased the amount of textiles that residents are putting out for collection, and with the knowledge that it’s going to the Salvation Army, we expect that to increase.”
Watch the video to find out how working alongside SATCoL benefits East Devon Council’s recycling efforts and helps to make the area more eco-friendly.