The initiative is implemented by the company "TEXLIFE" Ltd. together with the Bulgarian Red Cross, similar to a long-standing model in Western Europe.
The textile containers are part of a large-scale national campaign to promote a system for the efficient collection and recovery of clothing and textile products from the population.
It started from Plovdiv on March 1, 2016, next year it continues in Sofia , after which the network of containers is gradually expanded and by 2023, the cities with containers for the separate collection of textiles with the BCK logo are Varna, Burgas, Stara Zagora , Pernik, Asenovgrad, Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Sevlievo, Pazardzhik and several smaller towns.
Currently, more than 300 containers are located in these cities, and their number is planned to reach 1000 in the next few years.
The collected products are periodically collected and transported to a specialized sorting factory, where, if necessary, they are processed or prepared for reuse.
The requirement for textiles - clothes, home textiles, bags and other accessories - is to be in a usable condition and carefully packed in a bag. For every kilogram of textiles collected from the containers, funds are deducted for the BCHK funds.
With those that are fit for use, a crisis reserve is created for the BCHK to assist victims of disasters, accidents and crises, and a targeted donation of clothes to people in need will be made.
Another portion of textiles that are suitable for re-use as clothing are mostly exported to Third World countries in Africa, Central America, the Middle East, etc. The rest of the products, which are not suitable for use for their original purpose, are processed and recycled in Bulgaria or factories in other countries, and they create products such as cleaning cloths, upholstery for the automotive industry, thermal insulation and many other products produced from recycled textile.
This resource-friendly model aims to put raw materials back into the economy and create opportunities to extend their life through repeated use or transformation into another type of product. In this way, the extraction of new natural resources is prevented or at least greatly reduced.
A list of containers can be found in the attached file.
Or in the maps by cities: