Environmental and social goals

Our mission is to raise funds for The Salvation Army and divert as many textiles as possible away from landfill.

Did you know that for every tonne of textiles reused rather than put into landfill, harmful carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 3.6 tonnes?

Our values

Helping those in need

Since forming in 1991, SATCoL has gift-aided millions of pounds to The Salvation Army. Between April 2009 and March 2014 alone we gift-aided £39.5 million to help fund work such as homelessness services, family tracing, older people’s services, disability services, support at emergency incidents and much, much more.

Caring for the environment

With textiles being the UK’s fastest growing waste stream we are passionate about diverting as many items from landfill as possible by encouraging the public to recycle their unwanted clothing. Of the items donated to us, 99% are reused or recycled, which means only 1% is landfilled. We are proud of this figure but continue to work towards zero landfill.

We take care that all aspects of our operations are as environmentally efficient as possible and we work with statutory bodies such as the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) to influence UK policy on recycling. For further information on our environmental credentials, click here

Providing employment opportunities

One of SATCoL’s initial aims was to create employment opportunities and our expansion has meant that we’ve done just this. We currently employ over 300 people throughout the organisation as a whole and as we continue to expand we are able to create more employment opportunities, both at our head office in Northamptonshire and in communities throughout the UK, where we employ local clothing collectors and charity shop staff.



Changing lives

Inspirational stories from people helped by The Salvation Army.
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Why Recycle

Find out why throwing away clothing is harmful to the environment.
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Donate clothing

What to donate and three easy ways to do it!
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