This Guide is for anyone who needs to organise and manage textiles collections. It is not intended to be prescriptive, but is a guide of the issues to consider and the options available individually, or as a partnership, in relation to the procurement of textiles collections for re-use or recycling.
It helps local authorities and textiles collectors to operate effective and resilient collection arrangements that strike a balance between service costs and quality.


Textile bring banks and kerbside collections are well-established routes for local authorities and recycling firms looking to source used textiles. However, changes in market conditions can lead to a reduction in the prices paid for second hand clothing – especially for exported materials – resulting in challenges to the viability or quality of services.

This guidance has been developed by WRAP as part of its work for the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP). The SCAP Re-use and Recycling Working Group helped with the development of this guidance. The aim of SCAP is to improve the sustainability of clothing across its life cycle. By bringing together industry, government and the third sector, SCAP aims to reduce resource use and secure recognition for corporate performance by developing sector-wide targets.


For further information related to textiles collections, please use the below resources. 

How to re-use guides >>

Approaches to Material Sales Guidance >>


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