Bra banks for breast cancer

Look out for the new Breast Cancer Now bra banks
Look out for the new Breast Cancer Now bra banks

Women in North Lanarkshire can now recycle their unloved or unwanted bras to help stop deaths from breast cancer.

New eye-catching pink bra banks have been installed at the recycling centres in Airdrie, Bellshill, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld (Wardpark), Cumbernauld (Westfield), Netherton and Shotts.

For every tonne of bras donated £200 will go towards Breast Cancer Now’s research.

Through the partnership between the local authority and recycling specialists Nathan’s Wastesavers, bras will either be upcycled into new materials – including carpets, purses and textiles – or start a new life on the other side of the world in developing countries.

Mary Allison, director for Scotland at Breast Cancer Now, said: “We’re very excited to launch our bra recycling banks that will not only support our life-saving breast cancer research, but also help the environment by reducing the amount of material being sent to landfill.

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Scotland and around 1,000 people still die from the disease each year.

“At Breast Cancer Now we believe that by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live – but only if we all act now.”

Peter Page, national recycling manager with Nathans’ Wastesavers, added: “So much clothing, shoes, household textiles and books are thrown away each year.

“With initiatives like the Breast Cancer Now bra banks people can recycle and help save lives.”