New textile recycling service goes live

Renfrewshire’s new textile recycling service has ‘gone live’ – and a local councillor was on hand to personally make one of the first collections.

The area’s new on-demand service came into operation on Monday 18 March, meaning residents who wish to recycle their old textiles and shoes should call a special number to arrange uplift, rather than using their blue bins.

And to help publicise the launch, Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, popped round to the home of Paisley resident Thomas Burke, who was one of the first to call the number.

Councillor Devine said: “This new service will make it easy for residents to recycle their textiles and shoes.

“With just one call, our contractors will come round and pick the bags up from your door, or from an agreed place.

“We are grateful to all residents who are helping the area work towards its recycling target of 50% of household waste for 2013.”

To book an uplift, call the Greener Renfrewshire helpline on 0300 300 0300 and choose the option for ‘textile recycling collection’.

Or, you can book it online at

Items will be collected by staff from the council’s contractor, European Recycling Ltd, who will carry cards identifying them as working on behalf of the council.

Please make sure all items are dry, shoes are tied in pairs, and there is a knot in the top of the bag to ensure items are kept dry.

Clothes, shoes, curtains, bed linen, blankets, handbags and belts will be accepted but pillows, duvets and cushions will not.

Residents can also take textiles to any one of 17 recycling banks across the area.