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LONDON – Mountains of used clothing is heading to landfill and incineration as global second-hand clothing markets grind to a halt. As fears about Covid-19 see traditional African markets refusing to accept second-hand clothing, used clothing prices have plunged from £130 per tonne in March to just £30 per tonne in April in the UK. Many suppliers in the market are even having to pay to have their old clothes taken away, with there literally being “nowhere to go” for collected clothing.

“Ultimately if you are having to pay to take things away, it is very likely that it is going to have to go for disposal,” Alan Wheeler, director of the UK Textile Recycling Association told Apparel Insider.

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