Local authorities and their partners are being invited to pitch to take part in a series of pilots to test the effectiveness of textiles 'survival' bags.
Recent research by WRAP showed that if textiles are collected loose in bins or in bags along with other recyclable materials, they are often contaminated so badly that the items cannot be re-used or recycled.
WRAP now wants to run a small number of pilot projects to see if 'survival bags' can protect textiles during the collection and sorting process. WRAP has issued a call for 'expressions of interest' from local authorities and their partners who may wish to take part, with an October 8 deadline for submissions.
A WRAP spokesperson:
"As well as determining whether the bags protect items collected from the kerbside, we want to see which type of bag works best, the costs and any operational implications."
WRAP is hoping to run pilots with at least two English local authorities and one from Scotland, for a minimum of three months.
Expression of interest documentation can be found here: www.wrap.org.uk/local-authorities
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Waste & Resources Action Programme – (WRAP) works with businesses, individuals and communities to help them reap the benefits of reducing waste, developing sustainable products and using resources in an efficiency way.
WRAP's vision is a world without waste, where resources are used sustainably.
WRAP was established in 2000 as an independent not-for-profit company. It receives funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the European Union.