Textile Waste Report Highlights RESYNTEX’s Value in a Circular Economy

A report by Oakdene Hollins has identified and evaluated a range of residual textile waste streams produced by EU Member States. The findings demonstrate how RESYNTEX could consume a share of this waste to create new materials. Residuals from clothing sorters was identified as the most accessible source of textiles for RESYNTEX.

RESYNTEX Waste Table

Residual textiles from mattress recyclers could be attractive feedstock. Although currently, mattress recycling activity in the EU-28 MS is low. End of life uniforms could be another suitable feedstock, requiring little pre-processing, though the low collection and concentration presents a barrier.

Approximately 5% (or 0.5 million tonnes) of the total residual textile waste identified has either a high or medium ease of accessibility for RESYNTEX. This type of waste creates issues for both collectors and processors and in most cases would be incinerated or landfilled. This waste stream is of most interest to the RESYNTEX project.

You can read the report summary here.

eu funding

RESYNTEX received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 641942.