Noosa Council are partnering with BlockTexx for Queensland’s FIRST TEXTILE RECYCLING PROGRAM. The collection day will be on Sunday the 5th June 2022, World Environment Day. To celebrate the day, the first 100 drop-offs will be given a tree.
Residents can drop off their old linen (sheets, towels, pillow cases, duvet covers and tea towels) and their good quality clothes to Councils “Linen and Clothing Collection”. All linen will be recovered into new materials and clothing will be sold through St Vincent de Pauls to support Vinnies Stores.
This event demonstrates one of the first commercial-scale solutions to create a circular economy for the textile industry.
How it works:
- Collect your old, worn-out sheets, towels, pillowcases, quilt covers and tea towels that you can no longer use. While you’re at it, gather up any unwanted clothing that is in good condition.
- Make sure all your items are CLEAN and DRY then sort them into SEPARATE BAGS one for linen and one for clothing.
- Visit Bicentennial Hall carpark, Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach on Sunday 5th June between 8am – 3pm to do your bit to save the planet by keeping textile waste out of landfill. This is a drive-through event.
- The first 100 drop-offs will receive a free tree, thanks to Noosa Landcare.
- All linen donations will be collected by BlockTexx to be converted into valuable, high-grade materials that can be used by Australian manufacturers to create new products such as hydro-mulch, fertiliser, shopping baskets and geosynthetic fabrics.
- Any clothing donations will be collected and donated to St Vincent de Paul’s to support Vinnies Stores.
- The “Give a Sheet” for the planet initiative is a joint partnership between clean technology company BlockTexx, St. Vincent de Paul and Noosa Council.
Why are textiles and clothing a problem?
- Every year in Australia, one million tonnes of textile waste ends up in landfill. This does not breakdown.
- Global textile waste is predicted to hit 140 million tonnes by 2030.
- Australians acquire an average of 27 kgs of new clothing per person each year. We discard around 23 kilograms of clothing to landfill each year (The University of Queensland).
- Australia is the second highest consumer of textiles per person in the world, after the United States of America.
- The clothing industry contribute up to 5% of global carbon emissions more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined (WEF 2021).
- One kilogram of unwanted textile waste processed by BlockTexx is equivalent to 30kgs of CO2 emissions.
Who is BlockTexx and what do they do?
- BlockTexx is a world-leading clean technology company that will soon open Australia’s first textile resource recovery facility in Logan.
- BlockTexx’s S.O.F.T. (separation of fibre technology) process takes polyester and cotton blended fabric and turns it into high quality recycled PET pellets and natural cellulose powder that can be used to manufacture new items.
- One kilogram of unwanted textile waste processed by BlockTexx is equivalent to 30kgs of CO2 emissions. That means one truck load of linen collected, will have diverted 10 tonnes of textile waste from landfill and will have removed carbon emissions equivalent to taking 65 cars off the road for a year*
- EPA NSW figures state the average family car emits 4.6 tonnes per year of CO2e. BlockTexx offsets 30 tonnes of CO2e for every tonne of textile waste processed – the equivalent to 6.5 average family cars.
- For more information about BlockTexx: go to www.blocktexx.com
Drop off details:
- Sunday the 5th June 2022, 8am-3pm
- Bicentennial Hall carpark, Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach
Frequently Asked Questions
Many clothes and textiles are dumped at charity shops and charity bins that are not suitable to be reused or sold on as they are often stained or low quality items and should have gone to landfill.
In 2019 charities in Australia had over 60,000 tonnes of unusable donations which ended up in landfill.
“The best advice is that if you wouldn’t give it to a friend, don’t give it to a charity,” National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations chief Omer Soke.
Charities can only use quality donations that are not stained, broken or torn.
So they don’t end up in landfill.
Linens will be collected by BlockTexx to be converted into valuable, high-grade materials that can be used by Australian manufacturers to create new products such as hydro-mulch, fertiliser, shopping baskets and geosynthetic fabrics.
This is a trial. It’s hoped that it will become an annual event, but this year collection is only available on the 5 June 2022.
If you can't make it, perhaps ask a friend to drop the items off for you.
Australia is one of the world's most wasteful countries in the developed world. They estimate about 6 tonnes of clothes are thrown out every ten minutes in Australia.
You can shop pre-loved, it’s good for the environment, it saves resources and saves you money.
As consumers we have to start buying less.
If you do buy something new, buy good quality timeless pieces that you can wear for many years.