Nine Welsh local authorities have joined forces to create the biggest regional textile recycling service in the UK. Torfaen council is the lead authority for the initiative that has been coordinated by Resource Efficiency Wales
The pioneering initiative will see nine local authorities use JMP Wilcox as the main contractor for textiles banks.
Authorities taking part in the initiative include Torfaen, Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Powys, Blaenau Gwent, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil.
The contract is for the collection of textile materials from collection sites across all nine local authorities.
This is the first time a contract of this nature and size has been awarded to a sole provider for the collection and reuse and recycling of textile material in Wales, and probably the UK.
James Kay, South East Wales Regional Waste Co-ordinator said: "This is great day for waste and resource management for Wales. This contract provides local authorities with a fair market rate income for this material stream and ensures that a professional service will be provided to all the authorities."
Cllr John Cunningham, Torfaen council's executive member for Neighbourhood Services said: "We are delighted to be the lead authority in what is such an exciting and pioneering initiative.
"I would like to thank everyone involved in putting this together and I look forward to seeing the initiative grow over the years to come."
Alan Arrowsmith, National Key Accounts Manager, added: "JMP Wilcox and Co Ltd is proud to have been chosen to operate this initiative with SEWWMG.
"The initiative is the largest of its kind in the UK and will not only promote textile recycling in Wales but has already created jobs in the local community and will guarantee that all material collected is sorted in the UK."
The contract has been written under agreement with the Welsh Purchasing Consortium.
This means that any local authority outside of the South East Wales region can join this contract if they wish to. For further information contact James Kay on firstname.lastname@example.org