Basildon Council offering clothes recycling

Getting shirty – recycling officer Courtney Groves tries to wrestle a dodgy shirt from colleague James Hendry

Getting shirty – recycling officer Courtney Groves tries to wrestle a dodgy shirt from colleague James Hendry

First published in Echo News

BASILDON Council is offering residents a chance to consign their most embarrassing fashion disasters to recycling black hole under a tongue-in-cheek “clothes amnesty”.

The council is even offering to collect unwanted garments for recycling, in an effort to increase the borough’s textile recycling figures.

Between now and Friday the council is promises to collect dodgy clobber without asking any questions about the owners’ fashion sense.

The council’s Gary Edwards said: “Everyone has those fashion mistakes lurking at the bottom of the wardrobe – or a pair of jeans they will never fit into again.

“Our message is, ‘just let go’.

We hope by doing something a little different, we can promote and raise awareness of this free service, which is good for the environment and saves the council money.”

Clothes should be left on the kerb in pink recycling sacks with a council textiles sticker attached. Stickers and details are available from basildon.gov.uk/justletgo

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1:08pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

If you've got sacksful to get rid of nip down to the industrial estate and follow the arrow on the 50p a kilo sign on the lamp post outside the Echo office and earn yourself eather than the Council a few quid...
If you've got sacksful to get rid of nip down to the industrial estate and follow the arrow on the 50p a kilo sign on the lamp post outside the Echo office and earn yourself eather than the Council a few quid... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

1:17pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

I wonder how many old tent-like shirts Tony Ball will be surrendering? he could bet his colleague Eric Pickles to contribute.

Stitch four or five of their shirts together and you would have a decent sized marquee for hire.
I wonder how many old tent-like shirts Tony Ball will be surrendering? he could bet his colleague Eric Pickles to contribute. Stitch four or five of their shirts together and you would have a decent sized marquee for hire. ThisYear
  • Score: -5

2:54pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

ThisYear wrote:
I wonder how many old tent-like shirts Tony Ball will be surrendering? he could bet his colleague Eric Pickles to contribute.

Stitch four or five of their shirts together and you would have a decent sized marquee for hire.
Is that the best attempt you can make at humour?

Don't give up the day job. Carry on curtain twitching.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many old tent-like shirts Tony Ball will be surrendering? he could bet his colleague Eric Pickles to contribute. Stitch four or five of their shirts together and you would have a decent sized marquee for hire.[/p][/quote]Is that the best attempt you can make at humour? Don't give up the day job. Carry on curtain twitching. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

2:56pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Trouble is by the time you chuck them out, they're back in fashion.

I recently found some stuff in the hidden recesses of my cupboards that I haven't worn for a while. Still in perfect condition - and back in fashion again.

Happy days!

Although I regularly bag stuff up for charity. Mine and the kids' old things.

You have to make sure you get the charity bags to the shops when they're open though because leaving them outside is just an invitation for tea leafs.
Trouble is by the time you chuck them out, they're back in fashion. I recently found some stuff in the hidden recesses of my cupboards that I haven't worn for a while. Still in perfect condition - and back in fashion again. Happy days! Although I regularly bag stuff up for charity. Mine and the kids' old things. You have to make sure you get the charity bags to the shops when they're open though because leaving them outside is just an invitation for tea leafs. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

2:58pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Trouble is by the time you chuck them out, they're back in fashion.

I recently found some stuff in the hidden recesses of my cupboards that I haven't worn for a while. Still in perfect condition - and back in fashion again.

Happy days!

Although I regularly bag stuff up for charity. Mine and the kids' old things.

You have to make sure you get the charity bags to the shops when they're open though because leaving them outside is just an invitation for tea leafs.
I heard that clothing from the second world war, were coming back into fashion, you've just confirmed it, thanks....
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Trouble is by the time you chuck them out, they're back in fashion. I recently found some stuff in the hidden recesses of my cupboards that I haven't worn for a while. Still in perfect condition - and back in fashion again. Happy days! Although I regularly bag stuff up for charity. Mine and the kids' old things. You have to make sure you get the charity bags to the shops when they're open though because leaving them outside is just an invitation for tea leafs.[/p][/quote]I heard that clothing from the second world war, were coming back into fashion, you've just confirmed it, thanks.... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 5

3:11pm Sat 5 Apr 14

billericay boy says...

If the council are willing to collect them they had better be up before the crack of dawn before the Eastern Europeans or the we have no where to Go nick them
If the council are willing to collect them they had better be up before the crack of dawn before the Eastern Europeans or the we have no where to Go nick them billericay boy
  • Score: 6

3:15pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
I wonder how many old tent-like shirts Tony Ball will be surrendering? he could bet his colleague Eric Pickles to contribute.

Stitch four or five of their shirts together and you would have a decent sized marquee for hire.
Is that the best attempt you can make at humour?

Don't give up the day job. Carry on curtain twitching.
Hey Kim, you could make a parachute, from a couple of your old skirts, might help you get down to earth a little safer..
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many old tent-like shirts Tony Ball will be surrendering? he could bet his colleague Eric Pickles to contribute. Stitch four or five of their shirts together and you would have a decent sized marquee for hire.[/p][/quote]Is that the best attempt you can make at humour? Don't give up the day job. Carry on curtain twitching.[/p][/quote]Hey Kim, you could make a parachute, from a couple of your old skirts, might help you get down to earth a little safer.. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 4

6:27pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
I wonder how many old tent-like shirts Tony Ball will be surrendering? he could bet his colleague Eric Pickles to contribute.

Stitch four or five of their shirts together and you would have a decent sized marquee for hire.
Is that the best attempt you can make at humour?

Don't give up the day job. Carry on curtain twitching.
I wasnt aware I was trying to be funny...but now you're here, Iv a few old pairs of Y-fronts you can have for a knock-down price...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many old tent-like shirts Tony Ball will be surrendering? he could bet his colleague Eric Pickles to contribute. Stitch four or five of their shirts together and you would have a decent sized marquee for hire.[/p][/quote]Is that the best attempt you can make at humour? Don't give up the day job. Carry on curtain twitching.[/p][/quote]I wasnt aware I was trying to be funny...but now you're here, Iv a few old pairs of Y-fronts you can have for a knock-down price... ThisYear
  • Score: 2

6:29pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Trouble is by the time you chuck them out, they're back in fashion.

I recently found some stuff in the hidden recesses of my cupboards that I haven't worn for a while. Still in perfect condition - and back in fashion again.

Happy days!

Although I regularly bag stuff up for charity. Mine and the kids' old things.

You have to make sure you get the charity bags to the shops when they're open though because leaving them outside is just an invitation for tea leafs.
Kim...when you say your clothes are 'back in fashion' are you referring to the old 'frocks' you always seem to be falling out of?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Trouble is by the time you chuck them out, they're back in fashion. I recently found some stuff in the hidden recesses of my cupboards that I haven't worn for a while. Still in perfect condition - and back in fashion again. Happy days! Although I regularly bag stuff up for charity. Mine and the kids' old things. You have to make sure you get the charity bags to the shops when they're open though because leaving them outside is just an invitation for tea leafs.[/p][/quote]Kim...when you say your clothes are 'back in fashion' are you referring to the old 'frocks' you always seem to be falling out of? ThisYear
  • Score: 4

6:30pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

billericay boy wrote:
If the council are willing to collect them they had better be up before the crack of dawn before the Eastern Europeans or the we have no where to Go nick them
You seem to know a lot about this..have you been doing a bit of doorstep rummaging yourself?
[quote][p][bold]billericay boy[/bold] wrote: If the council are willing to collect them they had better be up before the crack of dawn before the Eastern Europeans or the we have no where to Go nick them[/p][/quote]You seem to know a lot about this..have you been doing a bit of doorstep rummaging yourself? ThisYear
  • Score: 1

8:56am Mon 7 Apr 14

Happy Chickie says...

ThisYear wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Trouble is by the time you chuck them out, they're back in fashion.

I recently found some stuff in the hidden recesses of my cupboards that I haven't worn for a while. Still in perfect condition - and back in fashion again.

Happy days!

Although I regularly bag stuff up for charity. Mine and the kids' old things.

You have to make sure you get the charity bags to the shops when they're open though because leaving them outside is just an invitation for tea leafs.
Kim...when you say your clothes are 'back in fashion' are you referring to the old 'frocks' you always seem to be falling out of?
What do you mean old frocks? Kimbo the Bimbos frocks are 5 sizes too small for her.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Trouble is by the time you chuck them out, they're back in fashion. I recently found some stuff in the hidden recesses of my cupboards that I haven't worn for a while. Still in perfect condition - and back in fashion again. Happy days! Although I regularly bag stuff up for charity. Mine and the kids' old things. You have to make sure you get the charity bags to the shops when they're open though because leaving them outside is just an invitation for tea leafs.[/p][/quote]Kim...when you say your clothes are 'back in fashion' are you referring to the old 'frocks' you always seem to be falling out of?[/p][/quote]What do you mean old frocks? Kimbo the Bimbos frocks are 5 sizes too small for her. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 2

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