The number of small-scale sewing factories in town has reached the 20,000 mark. The fabric scraps produced by these establishments used to be put into special bags that meet the requirements of the volume-rate garbage disposal system for incineration or landfill. However, the city government has embarked upon the recycling of these materials for a variety of uses such as footwear mid-soles, interior materials and insulation covers for agricultural or industrial purposes.
The city government plans to implement the pilot project in three districts, namely, Seongdong-gu, Seongbuk-gu and Gangbuk-gu, with the highest density of small sewing factories until July 2013, before expanding the arrangement to other districts. It is now accepting applications from both sewing factories and recycling business operators.
Cotton scraps will be used for footwear mid-soles and interior materials while polyester and nylon will be transformed into synthetic resins through the due processes to be used as basic materials. Similarly, woolen fabric scraps will be recycled into fabric, whereas fur, acrylic and braid will be recycled into non-woven fabric for use as covers for various insulation purposes.
The official in charge of the project at City Hall said, “The recycling of scrap fabric will bring such positive outcomes as reducing the volume of waste landfill or incineration, saving money on the purchase of bags for the volume-rate garbage disposal system, and improving resource productivity in town.”