For textiles & e-waste across West London
TRAID has extended its collections to accept e-waste as apart of its home collection service. This service will be rolled out to Brent, Ealing, Harrrow, Hounslow, Hillingdon & Richmond upon Thames. As a Waste Disposal Authority, managing the waste produced by 1.7 million residents across west London, this new service will help provide alternative solutions to residents disposing of these items in the general waste.
Textiles are the second most polluting industry in the world, and there are approximately 18,000 tonnes of textiles disposed of as rubbish across west London each year, or 300,000 tonnes nationally. Textile waste results in over 5% of the UK’s annual carbon and water footprint – of these disposed of textiles, only 16% are reused. Our ultimate goal is to empower residents to treat unwanted textiles as a valuable resource.
On average, each person in the UK buys 3 new electrical items each year – that’s about 170 million items across the UK. However, only a small number of the electrical items already in the home, whether they’re broken or just unwanted, end up being recycled. Many of us are not aware that items such as irons, toasters and mobile phones can be recycled so they just end up sitting unused in a cupboard or drawer, or are simply thrown in the bin.