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East Riding textile amnesty raises money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

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Residents in the East Riding donated more than two tonnes of textiles to help raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's waste and recycling officers teamed up with the charity to run a series of textile amnesty events during March and April this year in eight local towns.

Residents in Driffield, Goole, Market Weighton, Bridlington, Withernsea, Willerby, Hornsea and Beverley were invited to bring along unwanted clothing, shoes, textiles, sheets, blankets, towels and quilt covers to their local amnesty event, so the items could be collected and recycled in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

A total of 2,186kg of textiles was collected across the eight events, all benefiting the charity.

There are clothing banks located at 121 mini recycling sites across the East Riding at supermarkets and other sites, including many in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The clothing collected in Yorkshire Air Ambulance recycling banks is managed and recycled by the BIU Group on behalf of the charity.
Kate Collinson, Yorkshire Air Ambulance partnership manager, said: "We're delighted to have the continued support from the BIU Group and the people of Yorkshire who continue to donate their unwanted textiles to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance."We'd like to say a special thanks to the people of the East Riding who donated to support the recent textile amnesty, which helped towards the total of £36,000 raised throughout Yorkshire during March and April through our textile recycling scheme."Since the partnership started in 2005 the clothing recycling scheme has raised over £2.5million which is absolutely astounding! The support we receive is vital to enable us to continue to save lives across Yorkshire, providing this life-saving rapid response emergency service, seven days a week, 365 days a year."

Cllr Symon Fraser, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment, said: "East Riding residents have come up trumps once again to support another of our recycling initiatives. "The textile amnesties were held to encourage people to take their old clothes and materials to recycling banks, as they cannot be recycled in household bins, and we hope people will continue to take them to clothing banks."

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to encourage residents not to put clothes and textiles in their household bins, but instead take them to their local clothing banks.

Each year in the East Riding around 8% of all rubbish put in blue bins is textiles, which cannot be recycled and just goes to waste.

That is 2,820 tonnes of fabrics from an overall total of 35,245 tonnes of waste collected for recycling.