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WDEA employee Rachel Kerr

New life for old clothes

News Article Date: 
Monday, 20 June 2016

Nickelback t-shirts, Bintang singlets and other unwanted items of clothing can now be disposed of conveniently in one of 12 new recycling banks installed around Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Terang and Hamilton.

Clothes and other items such as toys, linen and household appliances will be sorted by the staff at Western District Employment Access (WDEA) with items in good condition resold, while worn-out garments will be reused in other ways.

Warrnambool City Council Infrastructure Services Manager Glenn Reddick said that by accepting both good and poor quality clothing, the recycling banks ensure nothing goes to waste, keeping important resources out of landfill.

“Residents can still choose to use charity bins at op-shops for their good quality items but the WDEA recycle banks will take these items plus others that may not be suitable for the charity bins.

“Once sorted by the team at WDEA, Southern Cross Recycling finds an end-market for items not suitable to be re-worn.

“Ripped clothing will become rags for industrial use and even a market for odd shoes has been found.”

Bins have been installed at AquaZone, Flagstaff Hill, Woolworths Central, Good Start Childcare Centre on Whites Rd, IGA Warrnambool, WDEA Enterprises in Albert St, St Patrick’s Primary School in Port Fairy Bayne St in Terang as well as four more in Hamilton.

WDEA Business Manager Jack Melican said he greatly appreciated the support the initiative has gained from local businesses and the Warrnambool City Council.

“A number of businesses have been more than happy to host a recycle bank as long as the public do the right thing and illegal dumping at these sites does not become a problem,” he said.

“Every three recycle banks in the community equates to a full-time job for a WDEA employee.

“The job opportunities created by these recycle banks are invaluable.”

For more information about WDEA and its services call 5564 5200.

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