The community swaps clothes for a good cause
City of Swan residents and staff saved over 100kg of clothing from ending up in the landfill.
With around 6,000kg of textiles and clothing dumped in an Australian landfill every ten minutes, it is crucial to ensure that our clothing is recovered or recycled.
This year, as part of the Thinking Green series, the City hosted Clothes Swap events in partnership with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) to encourage residents to sustainably dispose of their old clothes, while offering the opportunity to refresh their own wardrobe for free.
Held in Ellenbrook, Midland and Bullsbrook, and with upcoming exchanges in Ballajura and Guildford, these events allow participants to bring as many or as few items as they wish and in return take as many or as few items. items as they wish.
Henley Brook resident Diane Ritchie attended Ellenbrook’s session and said she enjoyed it very much.
“It made me look at my clothes more critically. When I see cheap clothes and I’m tempted to make a purchase, I’m reminded that I have a lot of clothes in my closet,” a- she declared.
The Ellenbrook clothing swap saw 44.5kg of clothing find a new home, the Midland session saw 36.5kg of clothing recycled and Bullsbrook 38kg.
Clothes that do not find a new home during the workshop are collected by the EMRC and transported to the next event.
Swan Town Deputy Mayor Mel Congerton said the workshops had been a fantastic outcome.
“I encourage our community to attend the next big workshop in Guildford this month,” he said.
“You can bring all types of clothing, as long as they are clean and in good general condition.”
City staff are also undertaking efforts to reduce their own waste by repatriating and recycling old uniforms.