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Work clothes procurement

Earlier the Municipality of Herning had a lease agreement with the laundry service company “Forenede Dampvaskerier” where they rent, wash and repair the work clothes. The challenge was to address that all new employees of the technical operations department received brand new work clothes and whenever an employee resigned the clothes were discarded, regardless of the quality. Also when the current textile service contract would expire, all work clothing would be discarded. The discarded work clothes were not recycled. The City of Herning decided to investigate how to prolong the lifetime of the work clothes and include reuse and recycling of work clothes into daily operations in the purchase and supplier chains. This has led to the preparation of a new circular business model of work clothes in the municipality’s technical operations department.