Back in 2010 I wrote a post on how to recycle hangers.
But this week I was reminded about it again when Sarah Jane contacted me.
“I work for a clothing shop, and we have hundreds of hangers that our stockists refuse to have back. Do you have anybody in mind for recycling them as it seems awful to just put them in the normal waste bins each week.”
Sarah Jane went on to explain that 5 bin bags full per week is common in her shop and that on one day alone they might end up with 200 hangers.
The advice from Recycle Now is
“Coat hangers can be made from various materials – wood, metal or plastic. If you don’t need them they can often be donated to charity shops or given to dry cleaners and retailers who will use them again. If they are broken try contacting your local council as local recycling centres have recycling containers for wood, metal and plastic where they could be recycled. Always check with your local council in the first instance.”
I contacted Gloucestershire County Council who said absolutely nothing, because they didn’t write back!
I then contacted Cheltenham council, as they started a hard plastics recycling recently. They told me:
“Thank you for your email, yes you can put hangers in the hard plastics skip at Swindon Road.
Customer Service Officer
Cheltenham Borough Council”
I also contacted 300Recycling in Cheshire; just in case people outside of the county are reading this post. Steve Young responded who said:
“We can take them in for your customer however they will have to send in this is not something we would send a courier out to collect but please let them know we do not take wooden hangers only plastic, even the ones with the metal hooks and clips we take just not wood.”
If you’re not local to Gloucestershire and you don’t want to pack up and ship to Cheshire, our community came up with some great suggestions for getting rid of them without creating landfill waste. I’ll share those on another day.
What about you – can you recycle plastic hangers locally to where you live?
Alison contacted me via email. She really hates to see waste so is hoping Sarah can find a good home for the hangers. Here’s what Alison suggested:
“What about local Charity shops that sell clothing? They might be grateful for the hangers.”
She then commented
“Could Sarah Jane tie the hangers up in bundles of, eg six, and put a notice to the effect that the money from the sale of the hangers goes to a local charity. She could then put up a notice every so often to the effect that she has raised such and such an amount for such and such a charity.”
Sarah Jane has since contacted me too, saying
“We basically reached the opinion that we would have to pay for the hangers to be recycled, and that our councils did not have any means of doing anything with them for nothing!!
I sent the manager of our Ledbury store all the information I found, but I am not sure if she pursued the issue.
Bless you for emailing back, however, and when I return to work after my time off I shall chase everybody on the subject!”
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