How schools have raised over £10 million whilst reducing waste
Many of us have seen 'Rag Bag' collection points around, but don't necessarily know what happens to items put in these textile banks and the staggering amount of money raised by them. Gayle Martin, Rag Bag Recycling Manager tells us more ...
"Rag Bag is a free school fundraising scheme reusing and recycling unwanted textiles preventing them from ending up in landfill. Since 2006 we have helped schools raise over £10 million. We have over 3000 schools and community groups participating in Scotland.
Rag Bag is part of Nathans Wastesavers a national textile recycling company in operation since 1907. Nathans collect unwanted textiles from Charity Shops, Schools, Community groups and also service Textile Banks throughout the UK.
Our factory in Denny, Stirlingshire employ over 300 people and sort and grade over 500 tonnes of textiles every week preventing them from going into landfill.
Textiles are sorted and graded into over 100 categories with 84.7% of items being reused, 12.3% of items being recycled and 3% of items being unusable.
The majority of items reused go to Africa as good quality second hand clothing, recycled items are cut into industrial wiping clothes and are used in the UK. The unusable items are turned into energy.
One of our best performing schools Lairhillock School have been participating in the Rag Bag Scheme since 2013 and have raised over £12000 which is a fantastic amount for a small rural school. With two outdoor textile banks they are a fantastic example of how engaging with the local community can help provide much needed funds for the school. In 2018 alone they donated over 5 and half tonnes of textiles preventing them from going into landfill and raising over £2000 for their school.
You can find out more about Rag Bag on;
our website www.rag-bag.co.uk
or watch Rag Bag video footage of school recycling https://www.facebook.com/238916642788137/videos/1109370775742715?vh=e&d=n&sfns=mo".