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Did you know ... The average person buys 28 new items of clothes every year, that is an average of 8Kg per person in total !!

Textiles is one of the largest contributors to global waste and pollution, producing 92 million tonnes of waste each year and accounting for 10% of global carbon emissions. Around 5% of household bins locally contained textiles such as clothes and shoes, a lot of which could still be used. There are plenty of things you can do with textiles to avoid putting them in your bin. 

You can help prevent this!

If you are not sure what to do with your textiles here is a quick guide for you:

Good Quality Clothing & Shoes Textiles Standard Quality Clothing & Shoes Textiles Clothing & Shoes Textiles not fit for further use
For good quality textiles that you do not want to take to a charity shop or put in a textile bank, there are a lot of shops that now do take back schemes, High Street shops such as Marks & Spencers, Primark, TK Maxx, H&M and John Lewis are just a few that offer rewards for you to recycle your good quality items. A lot of these shops, have the rewear, reuse and recycle scheme once you have dropped off your items.If you have got clothes and shoes that are of a normal quality and you are just having a sort out of your wardrobe, you can take these to a charity shop or donate to one of our textile banks around the Borough. At St Helens Borough Council we have teamed up with Green World Recycling Ltd to tackle textiles. They are a not for profit company working with and supporting the charity Dapp UK. All items that are collected go to countries around the world, so why not do your bit to help our environment and to feel good about donating your clothes for re-use to Eastern Europe and Africa, where there is a high demand for used clothing.  If you have clothes and shoes that are a bit worse for wear or no longer suitable to donate, maybe they have rips in them, or are used when you decorate so are covered in paint and turps, you can take these to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre, they have a textiles area, that goes onto be recycled. 


Good Quality Household Textiles Standard Quality Household TextilesHousehold Textiles not fit for further use
If you are thinking of getting rid of old duvets, pillows, bed linen, towels, curtains, cushion covers, Dunelm operate a textiles take back schemeAs an alternative all these items can also be donated to a dogs charity, they welcome things like these to help with keeping their doggies nice and cosy, The Dogs Trust, Merseyside accept all these donations. If you have any of these items that are just not worthy of being donated, maybe you have used them when you have decorated and they have paint on! You can take them to the local Household Waste Recycling Centre, they have a textiles area, which goes onto be recycled. 


Here are the locations over the St Helens Borough where our textiles banks are placed. They  have our logo on, along with the Green World globe. 

  • Birchley Street Car park, WA10 1HT
  • Central Street Car park, WA10 1TZ
    Central Street textile bank
    This textile bank is located on Central Street
  • Nunn Street Car park, WA10 1RZ
  • North John Street Car park, WA10 2JT
  • Higher Parr Street Car park, WA9 1AG
  • Four Acre Lane Car park, WA9 4JX
  • Tamworth Street Car park, WA12 9NJ
  • Fairclough Street Car park, WA12 9QR
  • Elephant Lane on Thatto Heath Labour Club Car park, WA9 5RA
  • Ward Street Car park, WA10 1TF
  • Queens Park Health and Fitness, WA10 2LT
  • Sutton Leisure Centre, WA9 5AU
  • The Hut (Business for Youth) Newton-le-Willows WA12 9HS
  • Church Road Rainford, at the side of Hair WA11 8HD 
  • Dane Court Car park, Rainhill, L35 4LU 
  • Earle Street Car park, Newton le Willows WA12 9PE 
  • Outside Age UK, Victoria Park WA10 2UE New


St Helens Borough recycles
Greenworld globe