Lead the way – become a circular textile city

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At the moment we’re collecting best practice examples from several European countries on how to improve textile collections. We are looking for cities who, in recent years, have worked on collecting more textiles or on behaviour change.

Your involvement as a city or a collector is key in helping to increase clothing recycling and recovery rates across Europe. We’d love to hear from you if you have any experiences to share in this space.

About the action

Despite several efforts by textile collectors, the majority of clothing is going to landfill and incineration instead of being re-used or recycled. In many European countries only 30-50% of discarded textiles are collected. In large cities this is even lower.

The European Commission’s Circular Economy package stresses the need for more recycling of municipal waste. The aim is to improve textile recovery rates as part of meeting the targets of 60% in 2025 and 65% by 2030.

ECAP stimulates thinking around the collection of textiles for re-use or to use them as a resource to produce new textiles. We will develop practical information and share this with municipalities, charities and commercial textile collectors and recycling companies.

Your city, our expertise

Municipalities will lead on this project, supported by ECAP.  Waste collection systems and cultures differ across Europe, so it is up to local stakeholders to organise the way you collect textiles in a better way. We can support you according to your needs.

We will organise regional meetings on improving collection of textiles for municipalities and other stakeholders. You can implement lessons learned in municipal plans. Collectors can also benefit from these experiences elsewhere in Europe and lessons learned in their day-to-day business. If you interested in taking part or would like to have a meeting in your region, please get in touch at ecap@wrap.org.uk.

Milestones

2016-2017

  • Gathering of good practice on textiles collection in Europe, and analysis of lessons learned

2018

  • Regional meetings for municipalities and stakeholders involved in textiles collections
  • Guidance on the business case for municipalities and collectors
  • F2F (fibre to fibre) congress with possibilities to showcase good practices by municipalities