NEWS ROUND-UP TSA ‘wastes’ no time with scheme to recycle hospitality textiles

With 30 million textile pieces wasted each year, The Textile Services Association (TSA) has stepped in to remedy the situation for hospitality stock. “The time is right for innovative solutions,” said TSA CEO David Stevens.

The TSA is calling for the hospitality, catering and healthcare industries to work with it in order to improve the recycling of textiles. Every year over 30 million textile items, including sheets, duvet covers,

pillow cases and towels, are thrown away. This equates to more than 2000 tonnes. The majority of these will end up in landfill or incinerated. Meanwhile the cloth that actually does get reused often only gets one additional use cycle, as rags in sites such as garages, before also being disposed of. Textile waste from the hospitality industry is ideal for recycling, as it is predominantly made of natural fibres, and white. The TSA has set up a project to research potential recycling solutions for the industry and has teamed up with Swedish company Södra, which has pioneered a method that takes textile and re-engineers it into a pulp that can be used to spin cotton fibre yarns. A test shipment was recently sent to them to determine how suitable it will be for use in the UK. Members of the TSA are well positioned to facilitate the recycling of textiles. Over 90% of hotels in the UK are serviced by TSA members, which will enable them to easily handle the logistics of the proposed recycling scheme. “We want to be part of the solution,” sais Stevens. “So far our members have been very enthusiastic about the potential for them to help

industries reducing waste and improving sustainability.”

The TSA is also in talks with UK Hospitality about the possibility of including staff uniforms in the scheme, which account for an additional four million items annually. Recycling uniforms is more complex as they often use a mix of different materials and accessories that require separation first. Going forward, designing uniforms for recycling is one of the solutions being discussed. “We are delighted to be working with the TSA on their recycling project and it compliments perfectly our current campaign of Net Zero Carbon by 2030,” said Kate Nicholls OBE, chief executive of UK Hospitality.

Stevens added: “It’s a win-win for the environment as landfill use and incineration is reduced alongside less need for new cotton. It’s estimated that 20,000 litres of water are required for every kilo of cotton grown, not forgetting the risks of fertiliser run-off. Anything that reduces the impact this crop has must be good.”  For more information about the TSA recycling scheme, email

Royal Jersey fire will not stop us, said MD, pledging business as usual

Royal Jersey managing director James Lincoln has assured clients that it is business as usual as the company’s disaster plan swings into action following a serious fire at its Dagenham plant. Lincoln took to social media to saying: “On Friday 21 May our business suffered a serious fire causing substantial damage to our building and infrastructure. . “We immediately actioned our disaster plan and have reinstated all laundry services to our clients so it is business as usual.

“While our main premises will be out of action for several months we will rebuild bigger, better and stronger than ever before so please watch this space as we will share our journey back to full strength! “We suffered a major fire in the past when we were bombed several times in world War II and that didn’t stop us and you better believe this won’t.” Royal Jersey is a commercial laundry operating seven days a week servicing the laundry requirements of some of

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the finest 5 star hotels in London and the home counties. With a customer base of fewer than 100 luxury hotels and spas whose businesses are focused on delivering a world-class guest experience to a very discerning, transient audience of international clients.

London Fire Brigade stated in its incident report that 15 fire engines and around 100 firefighters were called to a fire at Royal Jersey Laundry on Selinas Lane in Dagenham, north London. The Brigade was called at 23.59 on Friday 21 May and the fire was under control by 02.21. LFB reported: “Most of the ground and first floors of a two-storey warehouse were damaged by fire and half of the roof was also damaged by the blaze. There were no reports of any injuries.”

LFB reported that the fire was discovered by a member of staff working opposite the site who heard an alarm and a bang and saw a glow from the roof. He then made the first call to the Brigade.

The Brigade’s Fire Investigators believe

the fire was accidental and caused by self- heating linen that was contaminated with oil and had recently been laundered, dried and stacked. “These types of fires often involve textiles that become contaminated with oil like linseed, massage and cooking oil,” said the LFB report.

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