The amount of waste textiles collected in Germany fell by 1.5 per cent last year. For the current year, the textile working group of the German Federal Association of Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management (bvse) expects another drop of a similar magnitude. Nevertheless, the sector was relatively stable in 2012, the trade group noted in remarks prepared for the second International Textile Recycling Conference, which was held in Vienna.
Bvse described demand for used clothes and shoes as good. Sales to Africa and Eastern Europe continued to be satisfactory. Shoe sales volumes remained solid, with prices unchanged at a good level. Sales of wiper rags and all types of grades destined for fibre recycling could be described as good, so that prices were able to further recover. The same was true for down.