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LONDON – Textile recyclers globally have hit back at claims that used clothing is dumped on the African market in countries such as Ghana and Kenya. The Textile Recycling Association, Bureau of International Recycling, European Recycling Industries Confederation and US trade association SMART claim it is a “misconception” that significant amounts of secondhand clothing which is exported to Africa ends up being landfilled.

“The fact is clothing not sold directly in the market simply gets passed down the supply chain and ends up selling in other smaller markets throughout the region,” the trade bodies claim in a new press briefing.

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