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Hopes to make big impact with clothes banks placed across Northamptonshire

We’ve been working closely with the Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd [SATCoL] to place nine clothes banks across Wellingborough and surrounding areas as part of our green initiatives.

With households around the locations being made aware four weeks ago, donations were already being made just minutes after they were installed on Thursday. Just four days after being installed, one bank was already almost half full with clothing donations.

The clothes bank on Henshaw Road almost half full just four days after being installed.

An estimated £140 million worth of used clothing goes to waste every year – the equivalent to around 350,000 tonnes of binned clothes which are filling up landfill sites and raising greenhouse gas emissions.

The nine clothing banks are located on:

  • Bell Court, Wellingborough
  • Hearnden Court, Wellingborough
  • Townsend Close, Wellingborough
  • Diana House car park, Wellingborough
  • Butts Road/Windsor Road garages, Wellingborough
  • Swinburn Road shop, Wellingborough
  • Charles Partridge Court, Wilby
  • Baker Crescent garages, Irchester
  • Blisworth Close Community Centre, Northampton

Julie Robinson, executive director at Greatwell Homes, said: “Every person and every organisation has a part to play in protecting the environment and this initiative with SATCoL is one of many things we’re doing to make a positive difference as part of our Live Green strategy.

“We want our customers to be proud of where they live so we’ve also ensured that the banks will be emptied every week, with plans in place to quickly dispose of any other waste.

“We’re proud that, by building a strong partnership, we’re able to play a part in minimising waste and maximising re-use and recycling schemes”.

Tony Smith, area manager for the midlands at Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd, said: “It’s been great working with Greatwell Homes to provide more clothes banks in the local community and we hope we can do the same with other organisations in the future. Hopefully this is the beginning of a long partnership”.