Community textile recycling project

Danielle Mugridge (front), with Ernie co-ordinators.
Danielle Mugridge (front), with Ernie co-ordinators.

Southampton City Council, together with Southampton Solent University and the Central Baptist Church, has been working with one of the UK’s leading textile recycling companies Bag It Up in the Southampton area to manage discarded student clothing and textiles at the end of each academic year.

All the clothing and textiles collected by Bag It Up are processed for resale or recycling, with monies raised donated to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

The project, which has been running since 2009, uses Southampton Solent University’s ‘Eco Ernie’ – an adapted milk float – and student volunteers to collect student clothing. The programme is all about creating and developing a culture of reuse and recycling across the Southampton region.

The partnership was shortlisted for the Best Partnership Project For Recycling in the 2011 National Recycling Awards and was a runner up in The Best Community Recycling Initiative, at the 2009 Awards for Excellence, organised by letsrecycle.com. In 2010 the partnership also won the LGC Awards to celebrate the ongoing management of student waste.

Danielle Mugridge, director at Bag It Up Ltd said:

“Our partnership with Southampton City Council has been extremely successful over the years not only at raising vital funds for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, but also at diverting the city’s student and resident textile waste from landfill.”

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