EU countries generated 6.95 million tons of textile waste in 2020 or around 16kg annually per person. Now, Czechia is leading Europe in tackling the problem. Around 180,000 tons of textiles are discarded in Czechia each year. In December, the Ministry of the Environment announced plans to enforce compulsory textile waste collection from 2025. Czechia has around 10,000 textile collection points but the existing Waste Act only requires collection, not recycling. The new scheme hopes to establish more collection points at accessible places like town halls or shops as the country has with batteries and electrical waste.

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