Recycling textiles, clothes & shoes
Textile recycling is an excellent way to recycle clothes, reduce waste and generate money for charity - it really is win-win!
There are a number of different ways to recycle your unwanted clothes, so just choose one of the options most suitable for you:
Drop your bags of clothes into your local shop (e.g. Hospice Isle of Man, Save the Children, Peel Charity Shop, Red Cross, Oxfam, Crossroads Caring for Carers). Clean, good quality clothes, clothes, shoes, belts & handbags are always welcomed and will be re-sold to raise much -needed funds.
Crossroads Caring for Carers now has 3 shops open in Douglas, with one in Prospect Terrace and two-in-one at 53 Victoria Street. The charity shop is downstairs and a new, specialist formal wear shop is upstairs. The formal wear shop acts like a dress agency where the charity takes a commission of 25% of the selling price with customers receiving 75%. (Tel: 673103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information).
CHARITY RECYCLING BANKS
On the Island, we have great choice of charities to support through textile recycling banks. You can choose your favourite charity or share your clothes between them all! There are lots of these recycling banks at convenint locations across the Island, and we are in the process of securing even more new sites in Autumn / Winter 2008.
There are regular door-to-door collections for textiles, which are carried out to raise funds for Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association and Hospice Isle of Man. Large, labelled waterproof bags are delivered to selected areas across the island, which householders can then fill at home, to be placed on the doorstep for home collection.
For more information on Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Assoc. collections, please contact Manx Textile Recycling Ltd (Tel: 435779) which is the company which collects textiles on behalf of a number local charities. (Please see the bottom of this page for further details. )
For more information on Hospice Isle of Man home collections, please phone 615055.
ANIMAL RESCUE SHELTERS
The following information has been kindly provided by Manx Textile Recycling Ltd.
Manx Textile Recycling Ltd collects used clothing and textiles on behalf of a number of charities in the Isle of Man including the Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association, Save the Children, Peel Charity Shop, Crossroads Caring for Carers and the Manx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The company is a for profit organisation which makes donations to charity based on the amount of clothing collected. MTR’s principal beneficiary is the Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association and to date £22,000 has been donated to the charity. The charity provides funding for the Staywell Clinic at Noble’s Hospital, supports breast screening and raises awareness of early signs and symptoms of cancer. Collections are made from recycling bins at civic amenity sites, supermarkets and bring sites across the Island. MTR were also the pioneers of kerbside recycling when they began door-to-door collections in 2005. All the textiles collected are shipped to Northern Ireland where they are sorted and graded by Cookstown Textile Recyclers Ltd. The clothing is then shipped to Africa where it is sold. If you have any unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, towels, bed linen, even curtains, please call 435779 to arrange for them to be collected.
MTR recycling bins can be found at:
Middle River Civic Amenity Site,
Douglas Tesco, Lake Road,
Douglas Grandstand, Glencrutchery Road,
Douglas King George V car park,
Douglas Shoprite, Victoria Road,
Douglas Shoprite Avondale Road,
Ayre United car park, Andreas
Andreas Church Hall
Northern Civic Amenity site, Point of Ayre
Bride village car park
Glen Mona Hotel car park
Maughold Maughold village car park
Sulby Glen Hotel car park
Ginger Hall, Sulby
Michael car park, Kirk Michael
Laxey Shore car park
Glen Road car park, Laxey
Western Civic Amenity Site, St Johns
Castletown Commissioners Yard by S&S Motors
Shoprite Port Erin
Southern Civic Amenity Site, Port St Mary
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