Textile recycling-collapse: clothes degenerates to disposable product

The Lockdown was the time of the great cleaning and mucking out. Also in the wardrobes. Such mountains of discarded shoes and clothes in the past few months has

Textile recycling-collapse: clothes degenerates to disposable product

The Lockdown was the time of the great cleaning and mucking out. Also in the wardrobes. Such mountains of discarded shoes and clothes in the past few months has experienced Martin Wittmann yet. The old clothes Container, the sources of his family's operation, in lower Bavaria, in Geisenhausen hardly know what to do with the stuff. What sounds like Golden times for the Recycling industry, is for Wittmann a Disaster. "The collection system is on the verge of collapse," warns the businessman and Vice-President of the Federal Association for secondary raw materials and disposal (BVSE), Bonn.

Helmut Bünder

economic correspondent in Düsseldorf.

F. A. Z.

the Corona, the situation has worsened drastically. Usually is sorted out, what you can re-sell. Sixty percent of the discarded T-Shirts, pants, Jackets and sweater have been exported to Eastern Europe and Africa. But there the markets are collapsed to a large extent. The sorter and traders to take hardly any goods, the prices would have been halved. Some collectors have closed your Container, for this reason, charitable organizations had set the old clothes collection, reported in Wittmann at a press conference. At the same time, many customers use the containers and their pitches as garbage – because the municipal recycling centers blocked or only restricted access to the goods.

"clothes degenerates to disposable product"

The growing "by-catch from the Dirt" which needs to be disposed of, because the burning of garbage have turned the screw, and equipment neat at the price. In order to prevent failures and to secure the jobs of around 10,000 people your money with used textiles deserve, calls on the industry for financial relief. The municipalities are required to reduce the Rent for the Container sites and the disposal costs for the waste involved. But these are only short-term emergency measures, which will help in the duration of little. The real Crux of the BVSE also sees the fact that more and more cheap clothes coming on to the market. Quickly bought, some Times attracted to and get away with it.

"the clothing degenerates to a disposable product," says Wittmann. The fashion chain Zara bring out each year and up to two dozen collections, H&M, the range switch sixteen times, writes of the BVSE in a market study. Which are preferably produced in Asia, clothes-Discount-Fare are not popular especially among young people, but for the collectors and recyclers. But need to cope with ever-increasing quantities. Around 1.3 million tonnes of used textiles were there in 2018, about a third more than five years previously. The trend continues to point upward because of the large Fast-Fashion houses and textile disco expand under the strong, if not in the stores, then in the network. But what to do with the fast-moving goods, if you do not like?

Updated Date: 27 June 2020, 08:19

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