EDF Energy Barnwood in Gloucester has shown how recycling can do the power of good by raising hundreds of pounds through the donation of unwanted clothes, shoes and textile items to The Salvation Army.  Over the course of just two weeks, colleagues and their families collected so much clothing that The Salvation Army had to make two collections from the site!

This is the second time that recycling has been a focus of the site’s week-long Health and Safety event.  Working with The Salvation Army, which has a clothing bank on site, EDF mounted a campaign to collect as much clothing as possible, giving the charity a stand on site to raise awareness among staff of the value of recycling both to the environment and to the vital social welfare work undertaken by The Salvation Army.

Catherine Inglis, Sales Manager at Salvation Army Trading Company, said: “EDF’s Health and Safety week gave us a great opportunity to focus attention on the difference that we can all make to the lives of people across the UK and to the environment, simply by bagging and banking unwanted or unused clothes. 

“Since we started working with the Barnwood site two years ago we have collected over 900kg of material.  The great news is that the money raised from these collections will help fund Salvation Army projects across the UK, covering anything from maintaining the lighting and heating at centres for people experiencing homelessness through to providing meals and friendship for older people.”

Catherine added: “For every tonne of textiles that we are able to reuse or recycle we prevent around seven tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions, and we significantly reduce the amount of unnecessary waste sent to landfill. So, by the simple act of donating unwanted clothing and textiles, the team from EDF Barnwood have not only helped fund The Salvation Army’s valuable work across the UK but they have also played a key part in improving the environment.”

Sharon Hodgson of EDF Barnwood commented: “The employees took this year’s collection challenge firmly to their hearts resulting in over 190kg of clothing being donated, a new record for the site.”

She added: “This event serves as a great reminder that there is so much more that can be done with old clothes than simply throwing them in the loft or - worse still - in the bin.  Now that we’ve raised the profile of our clothing collection scheme and our on-site clothing bank, we can look forward to keeping even more textiles away from landfill at the same time as raising valuable funds for The Salvation Army.”

Over the last five years alone, Salvation Army Trading Company’s re-use and recycling initiatives (which include over 200 charity shops, 6700 clothing banks and a door-to-door collection service) raised £35 million for The Salvation Army, contributing to its valuable social welfare work. This has helped fund homelessness and addiction services, care for older people, help at emergency incidents, support for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales, a Family Tracing Service and much, much more.