Bra Recycling

Its time to Bin your bra

Deposit your unwanted or unloved bras in one of our bra banks and you will be helping to raise vital funds towards dedicated research to improve detection and increase survival after breast cancer diagnosis.

The bras you no longer wear could also be helping to support small businesses in Africa. Together with our recycling partners, our textile recovery project prevents these bras going into landfill and gives them a new lease of life in developing countries where bras remain too expensive to produce locally.

For every tonne of bras collected, Against Breast Cancer receives £1000 to fund our research. With over 30 million women in the UK you could really help make a difference!

Bra recycling explained

When you make a deposit at a Bra Bank, your illfitting or unwanted bras will be whisked away to start a new life on the other side of the world, where traders support their families selling textiles locally.

Successful ventures like this keep many families in developing countries out of poverty whilst providing employment for people at home in the UK. Any bras that are genuinely beyond redemption are dismantled and disposed of properly.

The bra bank

There are several ways you can recycle your bras:

1. Have a bra bank in your place of work

The delivery and collection of the bank is a free service. To maintain this we ask our supporters to confirm that they can fill at least two bra bank liners for each collection.

Each liner holds approximately 100 bras, so you would need to be able to collect at least 200 bras and be able to keep the bank on an on-going basis.

As soon as we have your confirmation that you can collect the volume of bras required and you are happy to keep the bra bank (we recycle bras all year round), the bank will be despatched by our recycling partner.

Michelle Heaton binned her bras

2. Is there already a bra bank in your area?

Check by downloading the latest list of bra banks at the foot of this page to see if there is already a bra bank in your area for you to deposit your old bras into.

3. Send your bras in to us by post

If you do not have enough bras for your own bank then we would be very happy to receive them by post. Please pop them in a jiffy bag and send them to:

Recycling Scheme
Against Breast Cancer
Leathem House
13 Napier Court
Barton Lane
Abingdon, OXON
OX14 3YT

The donation to our research is based on the weight, so more bras mean more money. We receive £1 for every kilo of bras collected, vital funds that are enabling us to continue our work to find a vaccine against breast cancer and to look at ways to increase the survival of women and men who have the disease.

Other ways to recycle for research

We all care for our environment and it needn't be exclusive, within this section of our site you can find out how recycling your old mobile phone, printer cartridges, clothes, stamps and even by planting trees you can raise the vital funds needed to support our dedicated research to improve detection and survival. For more information on recycling visit Wasteconnect the UK's recycling database.


UK Bra Bank locations, November 2015.pdf
UK Bra Bank participating organisations and venues, November 2015.pdf

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