Sunday, 11 February 2007

Recycle your old clothes & save lives

Recycle your old clothes and save lives!

Residents who recycle their old clothes and shoes at Rushmoor Borough Council’s recycling banks in Aldershot and Farnborough could be helping to save lives.

The money made from the old clothes, shoes and textiles collected at five sites across Rushmoor is being used to support the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service. The money is used to provide helicopters, pilots and paramedics to fly emergency patients to hospitals across Hampshire.

Rushmoor Council has recently provided another four brand new textile recycling banks in Heron Wood Road, Deadbrook Lane and Bridge Road in Aldershot as well as Giffard Drive in Farnborough.

Councillor Roland Dibbs, Cabinet Member for the Environment at Rushmoor Borough Council said: “Since September, nearly seven tonnes of textiles have been collected from five existing sites. The four new recycling facilities are another convenient way for our residents to recycle locally whilst protecting the environment and helping to save lives by supporting the air ambulance service. Other items such as glass, aluminium foil, books, paper and card can be deposited in similar banks at the same sites.”

Helen Walker, from Tradehouse Ltd who raise the money on behalf on Hampshire Air Ambulance said: “We would like to thank Rushmoor Borough Council for supporting our recycling scheme, which is going to raise thousands of pounds towards the £65,000 needed per month for the new Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance, which is due to launch in the spring”.

A full list of banks and further information about recycling in Rushmoor is available at

Further information about the Hampshire Air Ambulance Service visit

Locations of other textile banks involved in the scheme:
Morrison’s car park in Farnborough.
Peabody Road car park in North Camp
Pinehurst car park in Farnborough.
Cove Green Recreation Ground car park.
Brickfields car park in Aldershot.

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