Waste textile sorters in Germany feel mounting cost pressure

he tight supply of original collected stock continues to colour Germany's waste textiles market. More than ever before, sorters were reliant on their established relationships with contractual partners. Extra material was almost impossible to source and, even if it could be found, it was almost impossible to set a price for it, market participants said.

Sorters had "modest stocks” as a result, with some exceptions. Insiders reported stocks levels ranging from enough for three to four days of operation to "just in time", where they were processing what came in the door. All things considered, sorters had come to terms with this situation and had adjusted their output, especially as the shortage of workers and Covid-related shutdowns were already limiting sorting....

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