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Recycling

SAVE LIVES AND THE PLANET – WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?

Donated clothes, shoes and textiles have earned us over £900k so far, keeping us at the frontline of saving lives.

We work with our recycling partner BIU Group to receive a share from the sale of your donated items. Good quality donations that can be reused are sold to second-hand clothing traders, while ‘end of life’ items are recycled into new fibres.

Locations

There are over 140 clothes recycling banks across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and new ones are being added all the time. It’s easy to find your nearest bank, just click FIND A BANK, select Thames Valley Air Ambulance and put in your postcode.

We are looking for new clothes bank locations

We’re always looking for places to put a new clothes recycling bank.

If your organisation has regular, returning visitors and a piece of flat land that everyone has access to, you may be able to help. For more information, or to go ahead and arrange for a bank to be delivered, contact the BIU Group Charity Team via email using the button below.

Thames Valley Air Ambulance Recycling FAQS

Once the donated items are sold, we get a guaranteed percentage of the sale value.  This means we receive a sustainable monthly income, with no cost to us.

When the bank is emptied, the items are sent to the nearest BIU depot and sold to sorting operations across the world. Each item is graded and either re-sold as second-hand clothing or recycled.

No. There is no cost to you or us.

The bank is 6 feet high and 4 feet square. It needs access at the front for people to put their bags of clothing in and drivers to make collections. The bank is fitted with a chute designed to stop anything being removed once deposited and stop people climbing inside the bank.

In the rare event the bank isn’t emptied before this happens, BIU Group will collect the clothing within 48 hours. You can notify them directly by calling 0300 999 0135 or emailing fundraising@tvairambulance.org.uk.