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How Textile Recycling Works…



we all know that throwing clothes away is wrong but what should we do with them in the United Kingdom there is a company that's helping to raise money for charities create jobs and business opportunities for people in developing countries and reduce the amount of clothes that would otherwise go to landfill sites and incinerators BCR global textiles is one of Europe's largest exporters of unwanted clothes and has helped raise thousands of pounds for charities by managing clothes collection schemes the charities love this way of working because there is no managing the bank sites or the collections know setting up sorting facilities to sort the clothes no storing the thousands of tons of clothes that are collected that cannot be sent out immediately no disposing of the unsalable clothes and it enables the charities to raise money and spend it where it's needed BCR have links with many local authorities and major supermarket chains and as a result have a network of 1,500 collection banks in convenient locations across the United Kingdom so what happens next clothes are collected from clothes banks in one of BC ours fleet of trucks many of them are like this state-of-the-art vehicle it pulls up on site the roof slides back and then its arm is connected to the bank using the BCR method of unloading the banks is much quicker and causes far less interruption on site a typical to our job now takes just a few minutes the bank is unique to BCR and has made robustly to deter thieves from stealing the contents the only way to get the clothes out is by opening the doors at the bottom another really big advantage is that this truck actually weighs the clothes on site once the bank is in the air the driver presses the way button and this registers on a computer in the cab the driver then empties the contents he'll then press the way button again and the onboard computer will work out the weight of the contents this way the organization who will benefit from that particular bag will now have proof of the weight as the driver produces a receipt once back at the depot the truck automatically discharges the clothes into the sorting area next the clothes are sorted by a dedicated team who put them into one of 75 categories these categories include types of clothing seasonality of clothing and quality of clothing clothes that cannot be resold can be made into cleaning cloths for industry and for other things such as padding for beds and chairs this sorting process requires quite a degree of skill the sorters look carefully at the quality of clothing and whether it has any defects each item of clothing is assessed and placed in an appropriate container the sorters are often surprised at the high quality of clothes that are discarded once the bins are full the clothes that then taken to be pressed and wrapped the end result is called a bale BC our export over 5000 of these bales every month once the clothes have been put into bales they're then stacked until requested sometimes the clothes are stored in the warehouse for several months there's not much demand for a woolly jumper and a thick coat in August at their huge site the BCR forklifts work non-stop loading clothes into the freight containers which are then taken by Road to the docks and then by ship to start their new lives in another country this is one of the largest markets in Africa it's just one of many destinations that BCR send close to wholesalers here buy the clothes buy the container load smaller traders buy bales of clothes from the wholesaler and then sell the individual items of clothing to the public ester the lady here is one of these wholesalers her business has grown dramatically over the years and she now has her own depo several trucks and numerous employees it's late in the afternoon and ester organizes the loading of the trucks for the next day as the clothes are pre sorted in the UK ester is able to select the types of clothes that she will send her outlet at the market by tomorrow all this and more will be sold it's 6 a.m. and the trucks have just arrived at Esther's outlet so to have Maxine and Linn from BC are part of the reason they're here is to check the tester is happy with what's being sent from the UK sending the wrong items could result in disaster and ruin Esther's reputation it's pointless paying to ship rags and poor quality or unsuitable clothes here because they won't sell that's why sorting in the UK is essential and it creates jobs for British workers within minutes the market traders are buying the bales of clothes they know that BCR clothes have been properly sorted and are buying with confidence knowing that they can quickly sell the clothes on you it's exciting when the clothes arrive and Maxine has a look at the quality and chats with traders to find out more about the current buying trends and to fine-tune what to send in the future the clothes are being sorted into price categories and most will be sold immediately however some will look better if their eyes garner and as a result will fetch a higher price the second-hand clothes industry here has helped others to flourish – there are now many ironing businesses on the market some still using wood or coal to heat their irons there are also dozens of sewing machinists who set up on the market to perform alterations BCR keep a close eye on the markets and make some surprising discoveries for example here there is a shortage of bras in this huge market there were only a few small stalls selling them BCR investigated further and found that bras were discarded by many UK women and so developed bra banks and have started to cite them in strategic places making it easy for women to deposit them already these bra banks are working and many extra bras are now being sent where they're needed until now women in some developing countries were without bras or using worn out of 40 fittings b/c are really helped to create hundreds of jobs around the world and provide many families with their only income by putting our unwanted clothes into BC our clothes banks we are helping these markets to thrive and helping to conserve the planet's resources you you

22 Comments

  1. Iddi Magina

    How old is this video/? I work at that market and and your analysis of the market thriving off BCRs products is terribly flawed?

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  2. Rien Otto

    Whats bin done after youse of the garments , bcr is taken it back and recycle , i think after yous in afrika gone be burn ore land fill waste , a smart way of the uk to get there waste fore free bringing the problem in afrika .

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  3. Well known

    shoes and underwear cloths shouldn't be reused but destroyed
    to me giving unwanted cloths way to other poor countries doesn't seem to me help but get rid of
    disease I pick up from a charity shoes still there when used it once in France.
    I don't blame charaties but they're stuffs shouldn't be reused at all for whatsoever reason
    living naked or barefoot better than harming myself

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  4. Well known

    shoes and underwear cloths shouldn't be reused but destroyed
    to me giving unwanted cloths way to other poor countries doesn't seem to me help but get rid of
    disease I pick up from a charity shoes still there when used it once in France.
    I don't blame charaties but they're stuffs shouldn't be reused at all for whatsoever reason
    living naked or barefoot better than harming myself

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  5. Carey Kyme-Hobson

    What happens when they are 'thrown out' in the country of destination. Does this not go into their land fill – ie just transferring the problem?

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  6. Whispered Metsutan

    I live in Illinois, so far i just have been using my old clothing as rags because i don't think any place around here wants any of my old torn up clothing.

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  7. aragorn6122

    yeah and the way they use and abuse there staff minimum wage no flexible working times hardly any breaks and a management team that are like chinese sweatshop managers

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  8. Hassan raza

    Hello, can i get contact information of BCR? i have big reserves of cotton waste. We need to shake hands to grow up business activity in Pakistan
    hassan raza
    03346515598
    Pakistan

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