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Cambridgeshire ladies recycle their bras for Breast Cancer Awareness month

During Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, women across the regions of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire were encouraged to recycle their old, unwanted bras at local bra banks to raise money for the charity Against Breast Cancer. The money raised by this scheme will go to further medical research to improve detection and increase survival rates, as well as aiding women in Africa by supplying them with bras that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

Bin your bra

The scheme creates a £1000 donation to the charity for every tonne of bras collected for recycling. To aid this initiative, local authorities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have installed an additional 30 bra banks throughout these regions, encouraging ease of recycling for women in the area. The banks were set up in spots such as council offices, some retail shops, local libraries and leisure centres, so women can easily tie in recycling their old bras with their weekly food shop or gym trip.

The ‘Bin your Bra’ scheme now features on the ‘Recycle for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’ Facebook page, targeted at women living in this region of the country, to encourage them to recycle their old bras and keep them updated on where and when donations can be made. The page further promotes events surrounding this and other schemes involving the recycling of domestic materials such as textiles, prompting good recycling practice for this region of the country.

“Good news all round”

On top of the invaluable monetary donations provided to the charity through this project, as well as the aid given to women in Africa, the scheme also allows for a reduction in the amount of fabrics going to landfill; something Cllr Kevin Ellis, the chairman of the partnership, states is “good news all round”. In fact, the ‘Bin your Bra’ scheme is part of a wider initiative to inform people in these areas and around the UK that their unwanted clothes and textile goods can be recycled regardless of the condition they are in.

To get involved with the scheme, women in these regions are urged to visit the charity’s website or the recycling website for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to find out where and when they can donate.

At Woodford Recycling, we understand that good recycling practice can impact not only the environment, but our population as a whole. For more information on how we can help keep up your domestic or commercial property’s recycling practice in Cambridgeshire, contact our friendly team of experts today.

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