Local Authority works with leading textile recycling company to help save lives

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA)
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA)

One of the UK’s largest textile recycling companies, BIU Group (BIU), is pleased to announce that Test Valley Borough Council is providing six additional sites for the company’s innovative recycling banks to help raise funds for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA).

Working with Local Authorities across the UK, BIU locate recycling banks at sites as varied as supermarket and convenience store car parks, to university campuses, to raise funds for local charities. Once the banks are in place, BIU works together with Authorities to encourage local communities to donate unwanted clothes and textiles for good causes.

Many Local Authorities also use textile recycling banks to help them reach recycling targets, reduce waste to landfill and meet their respective environmental policies, as well as helping businesses adhere to CSR policies (Corporate Social Responsibility).

The Test Valley Borough Council has previously worked with BIU and has experienced the excellent service levels the company provides. As one of the UK’s leading textile recycling organisations, BIU recycling banks have been proven to provide a 20% higher yield, due to their unique patent pending anti-theft technology and security system.

BIU also uses the latest on-board weighing systems, in all their vehicles and a transport software solution for route optimisation, which helps reduce the company’s own CO2 emissions.

Wendy Yarney, charity partnerships manager at BIU said, “We are delighted that Test Valley Borough Council is continuing to support the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance recycling scheme, by providing additional sites. Recycling textiles is a sustainable way of raising funds for local charities. This scheme alone will provide enough funding for a third of all the aircraft’s lifesaving missions, whilst diverting textiles which would otherwise be destined for landfill.”

Through its textile recycling service, BIU has already raised £2 million for the HIOWAA charity since 2007. Air Ambulance charities across the UK are run solely on charitable donations.

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