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NEW SOUTH WALES – New research found almost 80 per cent of textiles in the state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia were sent to landfill. The findings suggest the extent of Australia’s waste textile problem is far worse than previously estimated. Of almost 305,000 tonnes of textiles discarded in NSW last year, only 800 tonnes were recycled, according to a report prepared by the Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA). About 240,000 tonnes – 79 per cent – were sent to landfill, with the remaining 62,000 tonnes sent overseas by charities for reuse.

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