What happens to your donated clothing - Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

What happens to your donated clothing

  • Step one

    Once the clothing bins are full, they are emptied by the collection team.
  • Step 2

    The clothing is returned to the local hub and baled into larger hessian sacks
  • Step 3

    The clothing is sold to trading partners both in the UK and abroad to be sorted.
  • Step 4

    Once the clothing is sold GWAAC receive funds but the story does not end here...
  • Step 5

    The trading partner will transport the clothing to the factory to be sorted.
  • Step 6

    Clothing is separated by item and then graded from the best quality to items which need to be recycled.
  • Step 7

    All items which are able to be resold are sent onwards to second hand shops or markets within Europe, Africa or India.
  • Step 8

    Any items which cannot be reworn are shredded and recycled into wiper rags, mattress stuffing or even pellets for punch bags.