Baby to baby clothing scheme a success
Wakefield residents have responded generously to a new baby and toddler clothing scheme to help other families in the district.
Wakefield Council and its recycling partner Renewi teamed up to ask people to donate items of good quality, out-grown infant clothing to their local household recycling centre as part of their Pass It On campaign to promote reuse.
Items of clothing including t-shirts, sleep suits, trousers and dresses – many brand new - have been 'passed on' since the initiative was launched in February and finished recently, which are now being prepared for distribution across the district.
Items are being sorted, ironed and packaged up for different age groups, so parents will get clothing suitable for their baby or toddler. In total about 250 parcels will be issued.
Tom Stannard, Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth at Wakefield Council, said: "This is a fantastic initiative and I'm pleased that people have been so generous in passing on items that will benefit another family in our district.
"Donating clothes helps to support one of our overall goals, which is to encourage everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible. Many items that are thrown away could instead be passed on for reuse and this scheme is the perfect example of that."
James Priestley, Managing Director of Renewi, said: "We are delighted to support this fantastic project to give a new life to baby and toddler clothes across Wakefield. Getting enough clothing for 250 parcels is a great achievement and we'd like to thank local residents for their generous donations."
The clothing will be distributed to schemes including Tiny Hands Baby Bank, South Elmsall; Wakefield's Children First Hubs, Havercroft and Ryhill Community Learning Centre and The Well Project, Normanton.
To find out more about Pass It On, or for more information on items that can be recycled visit: www.wakefield.gov.uk/recycle