FIVE MUNICIPALITIES IN THE Copenhagen area are handing over the civic collection of used clothing to the Danish division of Humana People-to-People, UFF, writes Frede Jakobsen.
The decision marks another big step forward in Denmark for the Tvind Teachers Group’s worldwide organisation, Humana People-to-People (HPP).
In Denmark, HPP is known as UFF (Ulandshælp fra Folk til Folk), which means ‘Development Aid from People to People’.
The city of Copenhagen and four other municipalities in the metropolitan area — Dragør, Frederiksberg, Hvidovre and Tårnby — have announced that in April they will allow UFF bins (pictured left) into their recycling centres to collect used clothes.
Amager Resource Center (ARC), the publicly-owned company that manages the recycling for the five municipalities, has chosen UFF to take care of the collection of used clothes starting April 1st.
Two humanitarian charity organisations, DanChurchAid and the Salvation Army, were interested in getting the contract, but were not chosen. Two private companies, including Trasborg, which hitherto had the contract with ARC, had also expressed interest but were turned down.
ARC operates nine major waste recycling centres in the metropolitan area where UFF will now have exclusive rights to place about 50 collection bins. UFF can count on a yearly collection of over 400 tons of clothes, shoes and textiles at these centres.
UFF’s new contract will generate large revenues for Tvind companies and organisations. The clothes are forwarded to Tvind companies in Lithuania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Turkey.
From there the best of the clothes will be exported to Tvind’s shops throughout Europe. The rest will be exported to Africa and Asia and sold there.
UFF in Denmark has grown much in recent years. According to the organisation’s latest annual report, at the start of 2015 they had 885 bins in Denmark. In 2014 UFF collected 1,466 tons of used clothing.
Recently, UFF brokered an agreement with the Danish supermarket chain, KIWI, to place containers at approximately 100 stores. Now the agreement between ARC and UFF will add 50 more containers at the recycling centres.