Current State of Pre-Consumer Apparel Waste Management in Macedonia

Jordeva, Sonja and Tomovska, Elena and Trajković, Dušan (2015) Current State of Pre-Consumer Apparel Waste Management in Macedonia. Fibres &Textiles in Eastern Europe, 23 (1(109)). pp. 13-16. ISSN 1230-3666

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Effective utilisation of textile waste requires an accurate prediction of the quality of waste
generated. Textile waste in Macedonia mainly consists of apparel cuttings. The aim of this
research was to characterize the apparel cuttings waste, define the current state of apparel
waste management and the potential barriers against introducing efficient waste management
systems. Data was obtained via a structured questionnaire distributed to top managers
in apparel manufacturing companies. The results indicated that almost all apparel
manufacturers use landfills to dispose of their waste. The analysis showed that the waste
stream consisted principally of woven fabrics, predominately cotton and cotton blends, with
the presence of lycra. Bearing in mind the waste composition, the most appropriate end use
for the pre-consumer waste produced is insulation materials. Considering that the industry
consists of small and medium companies with limited resources, there is a low likelihood of
individual investments in recycling equipment.
Key words: textile waste, apparel cutting waste, textile waste management.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering and Technology > Other engineering and technologies
Divisions: Faculty of Technology
Depositing User: Sonja Jordeva
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2014 08:48
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2014 08:48

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