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Processes up to 20 tons per hour of donated clothing

The Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCoL) is UK’s largest charity-owned textiles collector.

In 2021, they build a brand new 55,000-square-foot textile sorting facility packed with cutting-edge equipment to efficiently process up to 20 tons per hour of donated clothing, textiles and out-of-scope materials through Salvation Army's extensive donations network.

One of the highlights of the facility is the use of Fibersort technology by Valvan. This fully automated system enables SATCoL to classify and segregate non-wearable clothing into fiber types, and even mixed fibers. Manufacturers then break down the sorted materials into secondary raw materials for use in the creation of new clothing.

Fibersort technology uses a combination of NIR (Near-Infrared) and RGB camera technology to analyze fiber and color composition and uses airflow to separate different types of textiles in designated bins.

As a standard, Fibersort has the six most common fiber types on catalogue, namely wool, cotton, polyester, viscose, acrylic and nylon. However, the catalog can be extended to any other type of fiber available.

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