Textile Recycling Association

The Textile Recycling Association is the UK's national trade association for collectors, graders, and exporters of used clothing and household textiles. It is recognised by the UK Government as the leading industry body in its field. To that end we are a leading stakeholder in DEFRA’s Sustainable Clothing Action Plan group. It is also a member of the DEFRA’s Waste Strategy Group which has a remit to steer the Waste Strategy Board which is overseeing the delivery of the Waste Strategy for England 2007. The TRA is also part of the cross party Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group. We also have a good working relationship with BIS (formerly BERR/DTI). In addition to this we are also a founder member of the Bureau of International Recycling’s Textiles Division and we are a member of the Trade Association Forum which is administered by the CBI.

The main objectives of this Association are:

  • to represent the interests of its members Internationally, Nationally and Locally
  • to be a major force in creating a favourable climate within which merchants can operate to advantage
  • to promote textile recycling and the second hand clothing/shoe recycling industry

What we do

It is the role of this Trade Association to represent the interests of its members Internationally, Nationally and Locally; to be a major force in creating a favourable climate within which merchants can operate to advantage. Results may be difficult to quantify - but the lack of them can be painfully apparent. There is great strength in numbers and value in a co-ordinated approach when lobbying Government. As your voice, it is the Association's duty to speak with conviction to bodies such as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skill and the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. To this end they compile statistics that add strength to their argument.


The TRA is a longstanding member of the Textiles Division of the BIR, (the Bureau of International Recycling) - the body which embraces recyclers from more than 50 nations. The BIR was founded in 1948 as the international voice of the recycling industry and now provides a unique, widely-based International recycling forum with the potential for increasing influence and developing greater consensus on issues of worldwide significance.

It is now acknowledged that Recycling is of major importance to the environment and to the conservation of the world's raw material base. In 1995 BIR began to address many misunderstandings on the part of some Governments and environmental organisations which, in the face of current legislation, still threatens to impede exports from UK.


Direct consultation with, and representation to, UK Environment Agency ensures members are aware of proposed UK Legislation at an early stage of preparation before it actually finds its way onto the Statute Book. TRA's Recyclatex Group work with local authorities and major charities through the Bonded Textile Collection Scheme. In turn, these activities boost business and benefit members and industry alike.


There are all sorts of problems at local level where the Association can give assistance to members, for example, planning permission. If the Association is involved reasonably early, pressure can be brought to bear in relevant quarters.


The vigour and efficiency of any Association depends upon the effort put in by its members. The Textile Recycling Association is very fortunate to have an active Executive Committee with ideas and ability. They are at the "sharp end" of affairs and thoroughly deserve the support of the members.

At the end of the day members themselves make or break any organisation. The Textile Recycling Association encompasses textile recyclers and wiping cloth manufacturers. They have membership categories small, medium, large, international, service and charity. They believe strongly that one of their most important roles is to nurture and support small companies and encourage them to join.

New members are very welcome in whatever branch they engage. It is in all their interests to join and ensure that they are properly represented within the textile recycling industry.

We currently have members situated throughout the United Kingdom and welcome enquiries from any organisation in the UK or abroad who has a link to the industry and may wish to join the association.

Members Benefits

  • Free entry in TRA Membership Listings
  • Use of TRA Membership Logo & Access to UK and International Members
  • Free registration at Annual Conference & Attendance at Meetings
  • Reports, Bulletins, Press-Releases & UK Environment Agency Representation
  • Vigorous representation to Local and Central Government
  • International representation through BIR (Bureau of International Recycling)

The Textile Recycling Association is a small trade association itself and vacancies rarely arise.  However, some individual member organisations employ a significant number of people and their contact details can be found at www.textile-recycling.org.uk/memlist.htm.

Contact Information

Textile Recycling Association
PO Box 965,
ME17 3WD

Tel: 0845 600 8276
Fax: 0845 600 8276

Web: www.textile-recycling.org.uk

Types of Recycling jobs

Recycling Collections Driver
Recycling Centre Operator
Recycling Commercial Manager
Recycling Patrol Officer
Material Recycling Sales Manager
Recycling Site Operations Manager
Recycling Contract Manager
Recycling Transport Manager
Refuse & Recycling Driver
Recycling Buyer
Recycling Sorter
Maintenance Technician
Facility Manager
Head of Recycling
Process Engineer – Material Recovery
Recycling Account Manager
Service Supply Chain Manager
Mechanical Design Engineer
Recycling Officer
Recycling Loader
Recycling Support Officer
Recycling Supervisor
Recycling operative
Warehouse/Yard person
Lead Engineer
Weighbridge Operator

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