Psst, Taunton: Pass it on!
By NickCaterSWP | Monday, February 18, 2013, 15:29
In Taunton, when it comes to unwanted clothes, from suits to socks, blouses to bras, far too many end up in the refuse bin and head off to landfill.
Unloved stuff: a donation lets it live again
The average home has around £4,000 worth of clothes, almost a third of which has not been worn for a year. Despite such hoarding, each year 350,000 tonnes of clothes worth £140 million go into UK landfill.
And plenty of bulky items, such as homeware and electricals, are recycled or thrown away when they have plenty more life in them.
This month, Somerset's new money saving waste-prevention campaign - Green Routine 2013 - is urging families with possessions they no longer want or need to "Pass it on".
Reuse cuts waste so while all textiles and some bulky items, such as electrical goods, can be recycled, it is even better to "pass it on" to extend their lives.
A great "Pass it on" route is making a donation to a charity shop.
Or, for homeware in good working order, from fridges to furniture, to resell
at low prices to those on limited incomes, try one of the county's
reuse charities, which may even pick up bulky items for free.
For more on "Pass it on", such as a "find a charity
shop" tool, and Green Routine themes throughout 2013, from food to
clutter, check here: http://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/more/green-routine-2013/.
PS: Help families save £50 a month with free Green Routine food training. Click
here for details of half-day classes in Highbridge 22 March, Glastonbury 23.