Textile Recycling and Collection for your Business

Textile Recycling available on a pay-as-you-go sack collection

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Pay As You Go Sack Collections

Buy your sacks and fill with textiles. When full, contact us through your Online Account to arrange a collection.

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Handbags and bags
Accessories: hats, belts, shoes
Fabric; ;cloth; textile scrap

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Recycling your Textiles with First Mile

Clothes recycling and sustainable fashion is a hot topic. And with over 350,000 tonnes of clothing making its way to landfill each year, our textile recycling service is here to give pre-loved clothes a new lease of life.

Items in good condition are sent to wholesalers in developing countries for resale in local markets. Garments that can't be reused are repurposed as new materials such as insulation, sports equipment filler and carpet underlay.

Fashion brands can benefit from fabric scrap recycling to minimise environmental impact and increase recycling rates (and we also recycle coat hangers!).

Why set up a Clothes Recycling collection with First Mile?

Easy switch from your current business waste provider

Flexible business waste and recycling collections up to 3 times a day, 7 days a week

Amazing support available 24/7/365 from our specialist commercial waste collection team

Service Extras, like compliance certificates, weighing and data, and posters

Our Zero-to-landfill guarantee

Save your old clothes and textiles from landfill!

Every textile recycling sack collected by First Mile is carefully sorted. All clothes in good condition are then sent to wholesalers in developing countries where local market traders sell them on.

Damaged clothes that can’t be fixed are sent to a recycling facility where they’re separated, shredded and turned into new materials. Simply add a clothes recycling bin to your workplace and get your team to start recycling garments straight away.

If you’re a fashion brand and produce a high amount of clothes frequently, we can help your company by recycling fabric scraps and product samples so they don’t end up incinerated or in a landfill.

Recycle your textiles today!

Clothes Recycling FAQs

Why can't I put coffee waste in the bin?

You can, but when you include coffee grounds or beans in your general waste, they will more than likely end up in a landfill.

They will then start decomposing and producing harmful greenhouse gases, like methane, eventually emitting them into the atmosphere and directly contributing to global warming.  

Who are Envar?

First Mile has partnered with Envar to recycle coffee grounds in the best possible way to help our environment. They specialise in composting green and food waste on a large scale, and are experts in their field, meaning they know exactly what to do with any form of coffee waste.  

Why use First Mile?

As one of the leading waste management companies in LondonBirmingham and the UK, First Mile has already helped over 30,000 businesses to reduce their carbon impact with our range of recycling services - with over 200 new businesses signing up each week.

By choosing First Mile, you’ll benefit from a low cost, reliable service, a 24/7 helpdesk, and free monthly reporting. You can view our accreditations above and our certificates and insurances here.

What are cartons made of and are they recyclable?

The average carton is made up of at least three layered materials: 75% paperboard (from wood), 21% polyethylene (a type of plastic) and 4% aluminium (on long-life or aseptic packages only). It's this unique combination that makes carton packaging safe and efficient to store food and drinks, but it also means that recycling cartons require a very special process.

After collection, cartons are taken to a specialist facility where they're soaked into water to separate the paperboard fibres. These are then dried and recycled into new paper products. The recovered plastic and aluminium layers are separated and turned into garden furniture, industrial products and building materials.

The process of recycling cartons isn't the easiest, but it is possible. Still, worldwide, less than 20% of cartons packaging is recycled - we can and must do better. First Mile recycles cartons in the UK, reducing the carbon footprint necessary and ensuring that nothing ends up in a landfill.

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