Textile recycling

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3186
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Of the textiles in London's municipal waste stream, how much is (1) landfilled, (2) incinerated, (3) reused and (4) recycled?

Answer

Answer for Textile recycling

Answer for Textile recycling

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In order to inform the strategy we have developed a waste management model, this suggests the following final outcomes for the 120,000 tonnes of textiles originating from municipal sources in 2008: 9% recycled; 29% incinerated; 63% landfilled.

We do not have a figure for textile re-use, however the London Community Recycling Network estimates 3800 tonnes of household waste is re-used, with 30% of this being textiles.

We consider textiles to be a priority material to increase the rate of re-use and recycling due to the high carbon footprint associated with producing textiles from raw materials. *