Primark is launching an in-store recycling scheme for your unwanted clothes

Organising your wardrobe and getting everything in order is a great feeling, until you have to figure out what to do with the clothes you no longer need. But if, like most of us post-lockdown, you’re currently pondering the sell, donate or recycle dilemma, you should know that you can now add taking the goods to your local Primark store to that list.

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Primark has confirmed that it is launching a nationwide in-store recycling scheme which will allow customers to drop off their unwanted items, regardless of where they originally purchased them from, in a move designed to prevent the discarded pieces ending up landfill.

The chain promises to responsibly dispose of the clothing, shoes or bags that are left in its care, with donations reused, recycled or repurposed (for instance, being turned into insulation, toy stuffing and mattress fillers), and any proceeds will be given to UNICEF.

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Speaking to The Mirror, Katharine Stewart, ethical trade and environmental sustainability director at Primark, said: ‘We know people don’t always find it easy to recycle their clothes, textiles and shoes. And we know people have had big clear outs during lockdown.’

‘Now is the perfect time to be launching our in-store recycling programme, making it convenient for customers to give a second life to items from their wardrobe that they no longer need. This will reduce waste going to landfill and help our customers to help the environment.’

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Dropping off your wares couldn’t be simpler – donation points for the new scheme, which is being operated in partnership with recycling specialists Yellow Octopus, will soon start appearing in every one of Primark’s 190 stores in the UK.

Considering that the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimates that 67 million items of clothing could be discarded by UK homes post lockdown, we welcome any initiative that ensures they are up cycled to the best of their ability.