Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd is returning to RWM in partnership with CIWM this year (stand 4F50-G51), with the exciting launch of a new partnership with Keep Britain Tidy. Working in tandem with its fun and informative scheme for schools – Recycle With Michael – the partnership with Keep Britain Tidy aims to encourage stronger awareness for textile reuse and recycling among younger generations, as well as help increase donations to raise further funds for The Salvation Army.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. It inspires people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. The organisation runs programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches.

Morgan Phillips, Keep Britain Tidy’s Education manager said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Salvation Army and their textile reuse and recycling scheme for schools. Pupils can explore a wide range of sustainability issues by studying the full life cycle of textiles. Through this partnership we hope pupils will not only learn more about the textiles industry in the classroom, they will learn by taking action too!”

The team from Salvation Army Trading Company is delighted to be welcoming Keep Britain Tidy to its exhibition stand on Wednesday 16 September, where visitors will be able to find out more about the partnership and inquire about how to get involved with the schools recycling initiatives.

Salvation Army Trading Company is also pleased to announce strong trading across its clothing collection operations and charity shops, resulting in significant expansion between 2014 and 2015. The business has increased its clothing banks to over 6,700 (from 6,500 this time last year) and delivers around 400,000 clothing collection bags to homes across the UK each week. SATCoL has also added to its network of charity shops, taking the number of outlets to over 200. Through the generosity of donors, total tonnage collected through its operations has increased by substantially in comparison to last year, demonstrating the continued support of its clients and customers.

Tony Hosking, Head of Clothing Collection Division at Salvation Army Trading Company, said: “The RWM exhibition is always a highlight for us; it’s the biggest opportunity in the business calendar to meet people from local authorities, other materials collectors, recycling and reuse organisations and businesses, as well as talk about the latest innovations in our field. This year we’re delighted to announce our partnership with Keep Britain Tidy. We’ll be initially embarking on a year-long project together, working with schools across the UK on a variety of local and national initiatives.”

Visitors to RWM are invited to find out more about Salvation Army Trading Company's free clothing collection scheme – one of the UK’s largest textile reuse and recycling operations. In addition to working with local authorities across the UK, Salvation Army Trading Company also works with over 400 schools through its dedicated scheme – Recycle With Michael – and partners with a significant number of corporate organisations. Each partnership contributes to the millions of pounds raised for The Salvation Army each year as well as diverting waste from landfill for reuse and recycling.

To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy and its programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org