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Recylatex - The environmental alternative to landfill and incineration

What is Recyclatex?
Who can become a member of Recyclatex?
Membership requirements.
What can Recyclatex offer me?
The Recyclatex Bonded Textile Scheme
How does the Bond work?
Textile Bank collection scheme
Service offered to Charity Shops and Retailers
Service offered to Schools and Community Groups
Contract Details
What happens to the textiles?

Please click here to download the latest information leaflet about the UK's largest bonded textile
reclamation service.

The Recyclatex Bonded scheme has been set up to help local authorities, charities and other organisations that want to set up services to aid the recycling and re-use of clothes and shoes

Recyclatex

Recyclatex Members
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Clarks and UNICEF Shoe Biz Appeal.
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What is Recyclatex?

Recyclatex is a trading group made up of a select number of TRA members who can offer Charities, Retailers, Local Authorities, Schools and Local Community Groups Textile collection contracts Nationwide with the comfort of a bonded protection scheme.

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Who can become a member of Recyclatex?
Recyclatex is comprised of a select group of recycling companies who have great experience in the field of textile recycling and who can offer convenient locations spread throughout the whole of the United Kingdom.

Only companies capable of meeting the high quality requirements of Recyclatex are considered for membership of the scheme.

Recyclatex members are also all members of the UK Textile Recycling Association, and have agreed to work to a set of rules and conditions which conform to good working practices and comply with all current legislation within the recycling industry.

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Membership requirements.
All members of the scheme are required to:

  • be approved by the Executive Committee of the Textile Recycling Association
  • be an equal opportunities employer and operate a fair wages structure
  • operate within recognised safety standards
  • be registered Carriers of Waste and comply with 'Duty of Care' requirements
  • operate well maintained and fully insured vehicles
  • have effective third-party/public liability insurance

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What can Recyclatex offer me?
Recyclatex the UK's only bonded national collection service, can effectively offer National Organisations, including charities, retailers, local authorities, schools and local community groups, exclusive service collection contracts throughout the entire United Kingdom.

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The Recyclatex Bonded Textile Scheme
The Recyclatex Bonded Textile Scheme ensures that organisations wishing to place reclamation contracts deal with a reliable and reputable company.

There is a properly structured scheme giving a regular financial benefit to either the organisation itself or to its appointed range of charities.

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How does the Bond work?
All members of Recyclatex are required to place an agreed substantial sum of money with The Recycling Association as a bond. In the event of any member failing to operate the scheme correctly or ceasing to trade, sufficient funding is immediately available for another member company to maintain the contract until a new contract can be agreed.

This funding also allows The Textiles Recycling Association to appoint approved contractors, on a temporary basis as necessary, and to clear and re-establish a regular collection pattern for the body concerned.

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Textile Bank Collection Scheme

  • provision of Recyclatex approved design textile bank, paint finished to organisational requirements
  • bank to be clearly marked with information identifying:
    - this is a textile bank
    - service contact details
    - local authority/charity benefiting from the collection
    - types of material acceptable for collection in the bank
    - Recyclatex logo to show that this bank is properly managed
  • regular agreed collection timetable for textile banks
  • maintenance of the immediate area surrounding the bank
  • monitoring of sites to ensure collection pattern is adequate
  • accurate recording of site collection details
  • regular payments based on weights collected

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Service offered to Charity Shops and Retailers

  • regular agreed collection timetable from shops
  • all shops included regardless of location - even remote rural areas
  • urban shops may have additional collections if required
  • regular payments based on weights collected
  • accurate recording of collection weights from shops
  • monthly report available giving weight and value of items for individual shops

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Service offered to Schools and Community Groups

  • collect from all schools and community groups through Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • provide receptacles for collections that are liveried appropriately to meet the school's/group's needs
  • arrange collections at times/dates/appropriate frequencies which meet the school/groups needs
  • pay a very competitive market price for the goods collected, which can either be used to raise funds for the school/group itself or a charity of its choice
  • offer a bespoke service that meets the school's/group's need

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Contract Details
Recyclatex agreements normally run for a period of three years. This gives a regular income over that period and enables both parties to operate on a stable collection basis.

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What happens to the textiles?
Modern textile reclamation factories are custom built to process huge tonnage of material on a daily basis. Once incoming lorries have been through the various weighbridge checks, they are unloaded onto an automatic conveyor system which runs throughout the factory.

Almost everything collected will have a useful second life, but it has to be graded and sorted many times before it ends up in the right place. This is a highly skilled job with operators able to identify a particular type of cloth or textile mixture in seconds

Primary sorting will establish the three main routes for material:

Good quality used clothing and shoes will be re-sorted for sending to charities in the UK and for use in developing countries;

Worn or damaged textiles will be processed within the factory for use as wiping cloths

Other suitable materials will be graded for fibre reclamation and filling products

Many useful items are discarded because they are no longer fashionable or the right size. Shoes and trainers may have little or no wear when they are outgrown. All of these items are welcomed by others in places such as Bangladesh where goods of such quality are often far too expensive or unavailable.

Many slightly worn or damaged items can be cut and converted for use as industrial wiping cloths and the range of natural materials available make them far superior to paper equivalents.

Another method of recycling involves pulling the threads of a garment for re-weaving into new clothes or blankets. Many garments seen today use reclaimed fibres mixed with new fibre to create an excellent range of blended cloths. Fibres can also be compressed for mattress production. All of these natural fibres have excellent insulation properties and are often preferred to expensive oil-based alternatives.

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