One of the easiest ways to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance is by recycling your unwanted clothing and shoes.
Each year, around 300,000 tonnes of clothing in the UK are sent to landfill sites. By recycling your unwanted clothing and shoes, you can help save the planet and help save lives, by raising vital funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Working with our recycling partners, Recycling Solutions, Yorkshire Air Ambulance receives an agreed percentage of the sale of recycled materials. It is as simple as that! Good quality items which can be reused are sold to second-hand clothing traders in the UK and worldwide.
What happens to the items you donate?
The YAA recycling banks are emptied by our recycling partner, Recycling Solutions. They take the clothing to the local hub, where it is baled and then sold to trading partners in the UK and overseas, and YAA receives our percentage of the sale amount.
The trading partners then transport the clothing to a factory to be sorted. Clothing is separated by items and graded from the best quality items, through to items that need to be recycled.
All items that can be re-worn are sent to second-hand shops or markets in Europe, Africa and India. Any items which cannot be re-worn are shredded and recycled into rags, mattress stuffing, or even pellets for punch bags.
All of our sorting partners are working towards zero waste and we only sell into markets where free and fair trade is available.
Our recycling banks are emptied regularly, however, if the recycling bank you visit is full, please do not leave your donations outside the bank. Please try again at a later date.