The Salvation Army is trialling new sensors in its clothing donation bins that it says could boost collections and boost efficiency.
Salvation Army Trading Company manages a huge network of charity textile banks across the UK collecting thousands of tonnes of donated items per year. Donated clothing and textiles generate income to help The Salvation Army run a huge variety of programmes to support the most vulnerable people in communities across the UK.
Using FarSite’s innovative fill level monitoring technology, Salvation Army Trading Company aims to reduce collection costs, enabling the organisation to process donations from the public with improved efficiency. Implementing this technology could generate even more income for the charity.
From June 2016 104 Salvation Army textile banks in the East Midlands were fitted with netBin sensors to monitor fill levels giving crucial insight into the filling patterns and general behaviour of donors. This information will primarily allow the textile banks to be emptied in the most efficient way possible therefore reducing collection costs and risks of overflowing.
Brett Simpson, head of development at Salvation Army Trading Company, said: “As one of the largest collectors of donated clothing in the UK we are constantly seeking ways of improving the efficiency of our operations. The ability to get accurate fill levels on a timely basis would be a real step forward in the planning and emptying of our network of over 6,000 clothing banks and this exciting trial with FarSite will help us learn just how big this step can be.”
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