Keeping its roots in East London, LMB set up a new headquarters in a large warehouse in Canning Town where all the clothes, shoes and textiles are taken to be sorted, baled and loaded onto containers.

A subsidiary company, the Britannia Wiper Company was also formed to recycle clothes that couldn't be used, by cutting them into industrial wiping cloths, used by various industry sectors.

Lawrence then had another brainwave. If LMB was going to put out it's own banks, it made sense to produce them and refurbish them too. Britannia Plant Engineering was born and to date has manufactured over 4000 banks for textiles, glass, paper and shoes, which proudly sit on pavements, in supermarket car parks and civic amenity sites (recycling sites) throughout the UK.

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On an average week LMB now collects 170 to 200 tonnes of textiles, clothing and shoes. 80 per cent will be sorted and exported for reuse, 10 per cent that isn't fit for reuse will be cut into wiping cloths, 5 per cent will be sent for flocking and felting, leaving a minimal 5 per cent waste, incorporating household rubbish, hangers and single shoes.

But LMB is not resting just yet. It has recently been involved in various new initiatives encouraging the younger generation to recycle and reuse. It's Shoes Friends and Clothes Collectors schemes work in schools across the South East educating primary school children of the need to recycle paired shoes and clothes. Become a shoe friend.

LMB has come a long way in the last 20 years. Here's hoping the next 20 will be just as good!

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