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Cost of recycled clothing increase..

Written By Views maker on June 03, 2011 | 6/03/2011

Demand for recycled textiles may be high, but the quality does not always match the price and rising costs have been causing additional problems. The rental costs relating to collection containers have been rising and yet recovered volumes have declined. There has been a healthy market for sorted/unsorted shoes and good sales of feathers - but not at previous peak levels, he continued. Wipers have been readily sold but costs have been difficult to cover, while coverage of the outgoings involved in handling the recycling grades has been even more problematical, Demand for wipers has increased while rags and tearings have been attracting normal price levels, Despite the significant political and social unrest in several Arab countries such as Egypt and Tunisia, the flow of goods was reportedly affected "only for a short period", according to board member Sauro Ballerini of Italy. As for his domestic market, he noted a small decline in prices for wiping rags in response to low demand but renewed interest "after a long period" in woolknits and wool rags.
The high costs associated with purchasing originals has "cast a shadow over our good sales opportunities", summarised the BIR Textiles Division's honorary President, Klaus Löwer of German-based Hans Löwer Recycling GmbH.
As for legislative developments within the EU, Mr Löwer suggested that textiles recyclers "will have to wait longer than we expected" for solid progress towards achieving end-of-waste status.
In his final presentation before stepping down as the division's General Delegate, Alexander Gläser of Germany-based Fachverband Textil-Recycling eV insisted that people consigning clothing to collection bins are not simply disposing of an item, but making a donation that "has a specific intention behind it".
In this context, Mr Rintsch emphasised the valuable role played by textiles recyclers over many generations, stating: "We were environmentalists before anyone else thought of the environment."
An insight into the Japanese market from guest speaker Osamu Shoji, President of Shoji & Co Ltd, revealed that the country's second-hand clothing exports amounted to an all-time high of more than 161,000 tonnes last year, with 97% destined for other parts of Asia and 2% for Africa. In Japan itself, there are an estimated 270 rag graders and no box collection schemes, the guest speaker explained.
Furthermore, the meeting in Singapore saw Rintsch and Zerroug re-elected for further terms as, President and Vice President of the BIR Textiles Division respectively. It was also announced that Gläser's position as General Delegate would be taken over by Jan Vermoesen of Coberec in Belgium.

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