The City of Sydney is giving residents a new way to recycle clothes

Lockdown has led to a boost in the use of a recycling pilot program in Sydney, which has helped reduce the amount of clothing going to landfill.

According to figures from the National Clothing Textile Waste roundtable, 800,000 tonnes of textile waste ends up in Australia’s landfills each year.

To help reduce this, the City of Sydney’s RecycleSmart pilot has provided on-demand pickups for difficult-to-recycle items such as laptops, batteries and soft plastics.

Since Sydney’s stay-at-home orders have been in place, use of the RecycleSmart pilot has increased by almost 50%.

“With libraries and town halls closed, recycling events postponed, and we all obliged to stay home, there are fewer opportunities for people to recycle these difficult items, which is why pilot schemes like RecycleSmart are so important,” Mayor Clover Moore said.

“The service provides contactless pick-up of goods directly from the doorstep or apartment building lobby, which means people do not have to leave their homes to recycle goods such as batteries, polystyrene and plastic bags.

“We know that it is crucial to divert as many objects as possible away from the landfill to combat climate change.

“Waste and waste management is responsible for about 10% of our local area’s CO2 emissions.

“Every kilogram of waste we can divert away from the landfill brings us closer to our goal of net zero emissions by 2035.

“People who use the scheme can subscribe for free and have their goods picked up from their door every month on a day of their choice,” she said.

Since the trial began late last year, more than 3,050 bags have been collected in nearly 1,300 pick-ups, leading more than eight tonnes of waste away from the landfill.

The most popular item to be recycled through the program has been soft plastic.

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