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Tesco raises £250,000 for Red Cross through textile recycling banks

18 June 2010
For further information please contact
Heron Holloway
telephone : +44(0)207 877 7520 or 07659 145 095 (out of hours)

Tesco has raised over £250,000 for the British Red Cross through textile recycling banks in Tesco store car parks across Wales and south west England. Seventy-three textile banks were placed in Tesco store car parks over the last two years and customers have made excellent use of the initiative, recycling second hand clothes, curtains, bed sheets and other textiles.

With Recycling Week starting on 21 June and now that summer is finally here, there’s no better time to put those coats and scarves away and de-clutter your wardrobe. Those looking to dispose of any textiles – old curtains, bed sheets, second-hand clothes – can take them to British Red Cross recycling banks found in Tesco car parks. The British Red Cross has partnered with JMP Wilcox, one of the largest textile reclaimers in the UK, to recycle all of the unwanted textiles and the money raised to date has funded vital Red Cross services, both here in the UK and overseas.

Ruth Girardet, Corporate Responsibility and Community Director at Tesco said:

“Tesco is working hard to reduce waste. We are now diverting 100% of our store waste direct from landfill, and we are encouraging our customers to recycle, too. Our customers have made great use of the textile banks as it is an easy way to recycle and convenient to bring any unwanted material with them when coming in to shop. They are also happy to know that the Red Cross is able to use the money to make a life-saving difference through their work.”

All the money raised through the textile recycling initiative will be used to help people in crisis in the UK and overseas. This may mean providing urgent relief in Haiti in the aftermath of the recent earthquake or providing support for those involved in a house fire here in the UK.


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Notes to editors

To set up interviews or photography, please contact Heron Holloway at the British Red Cross, 0207 877 7520 or 07659 145 095 (out of hours). To speak to Tesco press office, contact Sarah Ryle 01992 646 409 or

Tesco/British Red Cross partnership 2009-2010
The British Red Cross and Tesco have an emergency response partnership which so far has raised £645,000 to help people in crisis from Kenya to Cockermouth.
Together the partnership has provided support to people affected by disasters in ten international countries, and emergencies in three UK communities.

Textile recycling banks are in these Tesco store car parks (managed by JMP Wilcox Ltd):
Rose Lane, Barnstaple
Stour Park, Blandford Forum
Riverside Avenue, Bournemouth
Bradley Stoke District Centre, Bradley Stoke
Callington Road, Brislington
Lime Trees Road, Bristol
Ben Travers Way, Burnham-on-Sea
Wesley Street, Camborne
Tapstone Road, Chard
Kenn Road, Clevedon
Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester
Salterton Road, Exmouth
Penny Walks, Ferndown
Battishore Way, Honiton
Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge
Tavistock Road, Launceston
Old Mills, Midsomer Norton
Seaward Way, Minehead
Newton Road, Newton Abbot
Branwell Lane, Penzance
Waterloo Road, Poole
Yarrow Road, Poole
Station Road, Redruth
Tolgus Hill, Redruth
2 Woolwell Crescent, Plymouth Roborough
Christy's Lane, Shaftesbury
Townsend Shopping Park, Shepton Mallet
St Ives Road, St. Ives
Ocotal Way, Swindon
County Way, Trowbridge
West Hill, Wadebridge
Tucker Street, Wells
Station Road, Weston-super-Mare
Queensway, Yeovil
Shand Park, Axminster
Exeter Vale Shopping Centre, Russell Way, Exeter
Bourne Centre, Southampton Road, Salisbury

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.