Only 6% Of Textiles Donations Go To Waste


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  • Good morning welcome to this session about reuse, receyling & waste. I’m DM, HPPA at ACS and I’m joined by IG, CEO of CRNS. Between us, hope to cover a range of areas, and answer your ?s My part – look at LA waste charges – major problem and concern Also looking briefly at European defs of waste, and SEPAs , and hwat this might mean for shops IG looks at recycling CHECK WITH IG ON 26/7
  • Only 6% Of Textiles Donations Go To Waste

    1. 1. David Moir Head of Policy & Public Affairs
    2. 2. Charity shops prevent waste <ul><li>250,000t of textiles each year </li></ul><ul><li>Over 21,000t of books </li></ul><ul><li>Sale in-store </li></ul><ul><li>Bagged for reuse elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Bagged for recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Only 6% of textiles donations go to waste </li></ul>
    3. 3. Waste charging legislation Schedules 1&2 to the Controlled Waste Regulations – classes of waste Waste from charity shops is household waste Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1962 – “charitable purpose” Charity shops serve a charitable purpose
    4. 4. Schedule 1 “ Waste from premises occupied by a charity and wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes” is classed as household waste
    5. 5. Schedule 2 A collection charge may apply to; “ Waste from premises occupied by a charity and wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes, unless it is waste falling within paragraph 1 of Schedule 1”
    6. 6. Charging for household waste Authorities can charge for collection only Under no circumstances can disposal charges ever be applied to household waste
    7. 7. Local authority behaviour <ul><li>Good guys charge for collection only: really good guys don’t charge at all </li></ul><ul><li>Some offer a limited free service, then charge for collection & disposal </li></ul><ul><li>The really bad guys charge for collection and disposal on the lot </li></ul>
    8. 8. Scottish authorities – good guys No charges Collection charge only Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Aberdeen East Dunbartonshire Argyll and Bute East Lothian Clackmannanshire (some free) Falkirk Glasgow Midlothian Highland Moray North Ayrshire Renfrewshire Shetland Islands South Lanarkshire Stirling West Dunbartonshire
    9. 9. Scottish authorities – bad guys Collection & disposal Some free, then charge for both Dundee Aberdeenshire Orkney Islands Angus Perth and Kinross Dumfries and Galloway Scottish Borders Edinburgh West Lothian For other authorities, policy is unclear. We will check – so should you.
    10. 10. “ Reasons” for overcharging <ul><li>Charity shops are commercial premises </li></ul><ul><li>They’re not – they serve a charitable purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Charity shops produce too much waste </li></ul><ul><li>Shops only put out what can’t be reused or recycled. It would have ended up in landfill otherwise </li></ul>
    11. 11. “ Reasons” for overcharging #2 <ul><li>We provide free disposal facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Which is nice, but has nothing to do with collection charges </li></ul><ul><li>We need to cover disposal costs including landfill </li></ul><ul><li>There should never be disposal costs for household waste. Landfill taxes don’t apply to household waste </li></ul>
    12. 12. “ Reasons” for overcharging #3 <ul><li>Only religious premises are exempt from charging </li></ul><ul><li>This is not about exemptions, but about fair charges within the Regulations </li></ul><ul><li>The council taxpayer should not have to pay </li></ul><ul><li>If authorities had charged correctly in the first place, and set their budgets accordingly, there would be no need for any adjustment. Charity shops and council taxpayers should not be penalised for this failure </li></ul>
    13. 13. Costs Based on member returns, on average; Collection=£400 pa Disposal=£400 pa Incorrect charging will double your bill
    14. 14. Campaign <ul><li>Wrote to all authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up with authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote to the Executive </li></ul><ul><li>Met the Executive on 26/2 </li></ul><ul><li>Met COSLA on 26/2 </li></ul><ul><li>Saved over £125,000 pa in England so far </li></ul><ul><li>Moving the campaign up a gear </li></ul>
    15. 15. What you can do Write to your authority – standard letter on the website Try your MSP, MP & Councillor Log actions & replies on the website database Speak to David - 020 7255 4483:
    16. 16. European definition of waste <ul><li>Waste Framework Directive – 1975 </li></ul><ul><li>Defined “waste” </li></ul><ul><li>European Court of Justice rulings </li></ul><ul><li>New Waste Framework Directive – 2007 </li></ul>
    17. 17. Key concerns <ul><li>ECJ – donations may be treated as waste </li></ul><ul><li>No provision for reuse of non-waste – eg donations </li></ul><ul><li>No recognition of the key inputs from charity shops and other reusers </li></ul><ul><li>SEPA definition of waste </li></ul>
    18. 18. Possible outcomes <ul><li>Bags of donations are “waste” or are fly-tipped </li></ul><ul><li>Sales will be of “recovered waste”, not quality second hand goods </li></ul><ul><li>All shops become waste carriers </li></ul><ul><li>All shops will need to register as exempt </li></ul>
    19. 19. Actions <ul><li>Response to DEFRA consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing lobbying of DEFRA </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with SEPA on 26/2 </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping in touch with others – eg CRNS </li></ul><ul><li>RREUSE network </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbied Caroline Jackson MEP </li></ul>
    20. 20. STOP PRESS <ul><li>SEPA cannot change their definition of donations as waste, BUT </li></ul><ul><li>Keen to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with us to make sure impacts on Scottish shops are minimised </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll keep you informed </li></ul>
    21. 21. Waste not, want not Charity shops don’t produce waste – they prevent it Charity shops reuse and recycle Vital funds and environmental gain Reducing carbon footprint Ethical shopping