Give a Sheet for the Planet

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To celebrate World Environment Day, Sunshine Coast Council and Noosa Council have teamed with BlockTexx and St Vincent de Paul Society to deliver a community textile recovery collection event, 'Give a Sheet for the Planet'.

The event is focused on supporting and driving the circular economy.

All linen collected will be processed at a Gold Coast facility and remanufactured into raw materials that are used by Australian manufacturers to create a range of new products.

Unused clothing or clothing that is in good condition can also be dropped off. This will be donated to and resold by Vinnies – helping to raise vital funds for members of our community doing it tough. These funds assist with accommodation, food, clothing and support.

What's the problem?

It is estimated that an average household has around 20kg of old, worn linen.

Many clothes and textiles are dumped at charity shops and charity bins that are not suitable to be reused or sold as they are often stained or low-quality items and should have gone to landfill.

In 2019 charities in Australia had over 60,000 tonnes of unusable donations which ended up in landfill that comes at a cost to the charity.

If we dispose of all of this to landfill, we will be wasting materials that could be recovered and turned into a resource.

Let’s work together to reused resources, divert unnecessary waste from landfill and reduce greenhouse gases.

We can all play a part in creating a cleaner, greener environment and sustainable future.

How can I be part of the solution?

On Sunday 11 June: Give your linen a second chance at life.

Households can drop off their clean and sorted old, worn-out sheets, towels, pillowcases, quilt covers and linen that are no longer wanted or can no longer be used.

Accepted items:

  • flat and fitted bed sheets
  • quilt and doona covers
  • pillow cases
  • bed spreads
  • towels, face cloths, bath sheets, hand towels
  • tea towels, table cloths, napkins.

Unaccepted items:

  • wool and acrylic items - blankets, throws, cushion covers
  • insert items - duvets, doonas, quilts and pillows
  • waterproof items - mattress protectors, waterproof sheets, plastic coated tablecloths and aprons
  • heat resistant items containing foam - ironing board covers, oven gloves.
  • Members of the community can also drop off unused clothes that are in good condition which will be sorted and resold by St Vincent de Paul via Vinnies stores. Please ensure donated clothing items are in a good, sellable condition.

Please separate linen and clothes into two piles prior to arriving at the collection site.

Did you know?

One kilogram of unwanted textile waste processed by BlockTexx is equivalent to 30kgs of CO2 emissions. That means one truck load of linen collected will have diverted 10 tonnes of textile waste from landfill and will have removed carbon emissions equivalent to taking 65 cars off the road for a year.

Make a change for the future

Make sustainable purchasing choices, opting for high-quality products which are more durable and long-lasting. Where possible, purchase products made from natural fibres which don't contribute microplastics to the waterways when washed like synthetic materials.

Refer to Sunshine Coast Council's website or PlanetArk for more information on diverting waste from landfill through recycling and recovery options.

Find out more about BlockTexx: https://www.blocktexx.com/

For more information to go to the Sunshine Coast Events page Give a Sheet for the Planet, Sippy Downs - Sunshine Coast Events where specific information for people on the Sunshine Coast can go.

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