Meeting and AGM – ‘Rags to Riches’
The SWWRF ‘Rags to Ritches’ Spring event
and AGM was held at Pinhoe Recycling Centre, Exeter and bought together
representatives from member organisations in the South West focusing on textile
re-use and recycling.
Our Spring event and
AGM held on Thursday 20th April had speakers from charities,
consultancies, government bodies and local authorities providing updates on
textile re-use and recycling schemes taking place at both local and national
levels. Additionally, SWWRF’s annual AGM and elections took place providing
opportunities for new members to join SWWRF’s Executive Board.
This event enabled a
broad range of guest speakers to share successful innovative partnerships, projects
and campaigns so we could all learn about what is being done locally and
nationally to stop our unwanted clothes going to landfill or other treatment.
Presentations included the British Heart Foundation and their nationwide re-use
schemes with Universities and local authorities, the Salvation Army and their
textile collection and re-use schemes, and Waste and Resources Action
Programme’s (WRAP) national Sustainable Clothes Action Programme (SCAP). This
was complemented by Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Teams nappy re-use
partnership with Resource Futures, and Bath and North East Somerset Council’s successful
clothes swapping events. Lunch was provided by FoodCycle, Exeter – a local
charity who provide meals from donated food for those living on the breadline.
It was SWWRF chairman,
Dave Moor’s last event as Chair before stepping down due to business interests
taking precedence. He stated ‘It is refreshing to hear about the commitment of
staff in a wide range of public sector, private sector and charity organisations
implementing schemes to maximise textiles re-use and recycling.
‘I am astonished by
the amount of clothes being thrown away each year in the UK, but feel positive
about what is being done to change the public’s attitudes and behaviours
towards clothes donations and recycling, and the schemes in place to enable
this to happen.
Finally he said ‘I
have thoroughly enjoyed my six years at SWWRF and have made great friends along
the way. I wish SWWRF, the Exec and the positive staff in member organisations
all the best, and long may these great training and networking events continue
to be a success.’
At the AGM the
following posts up for elections were filled by:
Chair – Fiona Tame
Agenda Secretary – Rich Haycock
Minute Sec – Liz Russell (maternity cover
Treasurer – Liz Jarvis
Membership secretary – Kate Cole
Vice chair post – Vacant