Goodwill is the world’s largest textile recycling centre
Textile recycling centres are among the most popular businesses in Australia, but now there are signs Goodwill’s plans to build an 800,000 sq ft factory in the north-west of the country are under threat.
The company has been seeking approval from the Queensland Government for a 1,000,000sq ft facility to process its clothing, footwear and textile waste.
Goodwill Australia chief executive officer Jason Cottrell said the company wanted to make its textile recycling business a reality.
“We’ve got the capability here, we’re very confident we can do this,” Mr Cottell said.
“It’s a significant expansion that would enable us to make this facility operational in Queensland and have a presence in the rest of the state and nationally.”
Mr Cottll said the factory would be the largest textile recycler in the world.
“This is the largest in the whole of Australia,” he said.
Mr Cattrell said Goodwill would invest $150 million to expand its textile industry in Queensland.
“The company is committed to working with the Queensland government and is currently in discussions with Queensland’s Department of Infrastructure, Roads, Maritime and Transport (DMIT) about possible participation in a project to transform the Queensland textile recycling industry,” he wrote in a statement.
“Goodwill is committed, to ensure that our textile products and facilities continue to meet our high standards of excellence, whilst also ensuring that we have the infrastructure to ensure the sustainability of our business.”
Mr Craig said the plant was not yet operational and would be under construction as early as next year.
“Our manufacturing plant in Queensland is a work in progress and will not be ready until early 2020,” he told ABC Radio Queensland.
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