EDF Energy Barnwood in Gloucester has shown how recycling can do the power of good by raising hundreds of pounds through the donation of unwanted clothes, shoes and textile items to The Salvation Army. Over the course of just two weeks, colleagues and their families collected so much clothing that The Salvation Army had to make two collections from the site!
This is the second time that recycling has been a focus of the site’s week-long Health and Safety event. Working with The Salvation Army, which has a clothing bank on site, EDF mounted a campaign to collect as much clothing as possible, giving the charity a stand on site to raise awareness among staff of the value of recycling both to the environment and to the vital social welfare work undertaken by The Salvation Army.
Since we started working with the Barnwood site two years ago we have collected over 900kg of material. The great news is that the money raised from these collections will help fund Salvation Army projects across the UK, covering anything from maintaining the lighting and heating at centres for people experiencing homelessness through to providing meals and friendship for older people.
Sharon Hodgson of EDF Barnwood commented: “The employees took this year’s collection challenge firmly to their hearts resulting in over 190kg of clothing being donated, a new record for the site. This event serves as a great reminder that there is so much more that can be done with old clothes than simply throwing them in the loft or in the bin. Now that we’ve raised the profile of our clothing collection scheme and our on-site clothing bank, we can look forward to keeping even more textiles away from landfill at the same time as raising valuable funds for The Salvation Army.”