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Shetland Islanders were able to recycle a phenomenal 30 tonnes of clothes, shoes and textiles in just 11 months following the addition of 21 new Salvation Army clothing banks across the islands. Our partnership with the Shetland Islands Council saw the new clothing banks added to the nine pre-existing donation banks situated on private sites across the islands, and are proving to be popular.

The clothing banks can be found in council locations spanning from Sumburgh on the main island, to Midyell on Yell. These incorporate seven clothing banks across Disability Scotland sites, including one in Baltasound on Unst, the most northerly point in the UK, and one at the Shetland Islands Council Recycling Centre in Lerwick.

Willam Spence, Executive Manager of Environmental Services at Shetland Islands Council, said: “The banks provide a quick and easy way to recycle unwanted textiles for re-use and they are clearly proving exceptionally popular. They help keep textiles, shoes and clothing away from landfill and incineration, which is incredibly important to the people of the islands and for our ecosystem.”

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