02 Jan Basildon Council backs countywide campaign to reduce binned clothes
A countywide campaign to reduce the amount of clothes that are thrown away needlessly is being backed by Basildon Council.
More than half of the clothes binned in Essex could have been reused or recycled, a move which is costing the Essex taxpayer more than £1.5 million a year.
Every household in the county unnecessarily bins the equivalent of 36 woolly jumpers each year, according to Recycle for Essex, which is launching the campaign to educate residents that all textiles can be recycled.
Throughout January, Recycle for Essex will temporarily dump piles of binned clothes in Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Colchester to highlight to passers-by how much is going to waste.
The campaign will be coming to Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon, on Friday 12 January