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Tra presentation for chase 2014

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Tra presentation for chase 2014

  1. 1. Used Textiles as a Revenue Stream Alan Wheeler – Director – Textile Recycling Association
  2. 2. Used Textiles as a Revenue Stream. About the Textile Recycling Association • Established 1913. • Trade Association for collectors, graders and exporters of used clothing and textiles. • Membership includes both charities and businesses.. • TRA Code of Practice – Launched 2012. www.textile-recycling.org.uk
  3. 3. Used Textiles as a Revenue Stream. The value of used clothing. Source – Lets Recycle.com (quoted mid price values) www.textile-recycling.org.uk
  4. 4. Used Textiles as a Revenue Stream. Used clothing collection rates in the UK. Source: Oakdene Hollins and Charity Retail Association. www.textile-recycling.org.uk
  5. 5. Used Textiles as a Revenue Stream Causal factors of the rise in value. • 2004 – EU Expansion – 10 new countries joined. • Temporary restrictions on migration strict in other countries. • UK – established industry. • British clothing considered to be “the best”. • Government promotion of recycling. • Specific promotion of textile recycling following Waste Strategy for England 2007. www.textile-recycling.org.uk
  6. 6. But what has happened since 2013 Value of used clothing from Jan 2013 Source – Lets Recycle.com (quoted mid price values) and TRA www.textile-recycling.org.uk
  7. 7. Used Textiles as a Revenue Stream Causal Factors of price drop. • Warm European Winter • Expected influx of more winter wear from charity shops – problem expected to deepen. • Decline in quality – driven down by proliferation of competition. • Charity shops – eking more value out of donations by rotating unsold stock. • New clothing producers struggling to shift their items • • Resulting in pressure to reduce costs – quality suffers. Strong Pound, has made UK exports of used clothing more expensive. • Ghana – currency 29% lower than 1st Jan 2013 • Kenya – currency 20% lower than March 2013. • Demand from Eastern Europe under constant pressure from rising standards of living. • 16% of TRA members went out of business in 2013. www.textile-recycling.org.uk
  8. 8. Used Textiles as a Revenue Stream Consequences. • Values across all grades have declined since the start of 2014. • Charity shops reporting that some collectors are only taking higher value goods. • Collectors are reducing the size of their collection areas. • We are likely to see a decline in the number of Cash for Clothing operations. • We will hopefully see a decline in theft of clothing. www.textile-recycling.org.uk
  9. 9. Used Textiles as a Revenue Stream Solutions/The way forward. • Stay with collector if they continue to provide a competitive service. • Ensure regular payments. • If collector is only taking higher value items – ask for a price renegotiation. • Consider teaming up with other charities in your area. • Contact the TRA to find a collector. www.textile-recycling.org.uk
  10. 10. Thank you for listening For more information, contact us at: 0845 600 8276 info@textile-recycling.org.uk www.textile-recycling.org.uk 2 Old College Court, 29 Priory Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0DE