Research by WRAP has showed that if textiles are collected loose in bins or in bags along with other recyclable materials, they are often contaminated so badly that the items cannot be reused or recycled.

WRAP now wants to run a small number of pilot projects to see if ‘survival bags’ can protect textiles during the collection and sorting process.

It has issued a call for expressions of interest from councils and their stakeholders who may wish to take part.

In a statement, WRAP said: “As well as determining whether the bags protect items collected from the kerbside, we want to see which type of bag works best, the costs and any operational implications.”

WRAP is hoping to run pilots with at least two English local authorities and one from Scotland, for a minimum of three months.

Maxine Perella

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