ELEVEN recycling banks at fire stations across Wiltshire have raised £1m for the Fire Fighters Charity in just four years.

The recycling scheme focuses on textiles, including unwanted clothing, shoes and household items. Wearable items are sent to Third World countries, while unwearable items are recycled into products such as car insulation and furniture padding.

John Parry, chief executive of the Fire Fighters Charity, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has recycled with us over the last four years.

“It costs £9m a year to keep the Fire Fighters Charity running and, with no Government funding, we rely completely on donations.”

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service has the charity’s brightly coloured yellow clothing bins at its fire stations.

For further information about the charity, visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk