London food bank to receive cash from recycling of top hotel towels, linen and pillows


A charity in London’s Waterloo will receive a boost in donations from the recycling of towels, linen, blankets and pillows from Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel.

The Waterloo Food Bank, which is run by Oasis Trust, has teamed up with the hotel and the Waterloo Quarter Business Improvement District (WQBID) so that the textiles will be recycled after being collected by First Mile Recycling.


With the material generating up to 40p per kilo, it will be recycled back into new items, or even reused.

The 1,000 room hotel is one of the busiest in London and it is expected that in the first year of the initiative, 1,000 towels, 300 pillows and 300 blankets will be collected raising £500 for the food bank.

Oasis Trust founder Steve Chalke said: “Since April this year, when many benefit changes were introduced, the number of individuals being fed by the Waterloo Food Bank has increased from an average of 96 to 191 per month.

“In July alone, 149 adults and 96 children have benefitted from food parcels distributed from Oasis Church Waterloo. The support that this initiative brings is crucial to the sustainability of the project in the face of vastly increased demand.”

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge general manager Daniel Pedreschi said: “We understand that by making positive choices we can all reduce our effect on the environment and every effort has been made to increase our sustainability as a company. We are delighted to support our local community with increased recycling schemes.”