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Clothing and Textile Recycling Program

​You can recycle clothes, shoes, and other textiles for free at City of Calgary landfills. We have set up bins at the Throw 'N' Go areas of the landfills where you can drop off these items.

Clothing and textiles can be in any condition, including stained, ripped, torn, and damaged. However, please note: Put all clothing into a bag before dropping off.

Items that can be dropped off at no cost

  • Clothing
  • Outerwear (e.g. coats and jackets)
  • Shoes and footwear (sandals, sneakers, runners, dress shoes, heels)
  • Purses, backpacks, suitcases and luggage, wallets, and belts
  • Household linens (e.g. bedding, towels, curtains, pillows, tea towels, duvets and blankets)
  • Reusable shopping bags (e.g. cloth grocery store bags, Lululemon bags)
  • Underwear, bras and hosiery
  • Accessories like hats, mittens and scarves
  • Scrap fabric

Frequently asked questions

Why does The City offer textiles recycling?

We estimate that 10,000 tonnes of unwanted clothing end up in City landfills every year. By adding this service, we’re encouraging Calgarians to boost their recycling efforts of unwanted clothes.

Can clothing and shoes go into my blue cart?

No, clothing and shoes should never go in the blue cart. They cannot be sorted properly and end up jamming the equipment at the recycling facility. Clothing and shoes need to be collected separately which is why we have set up the bins at the Throw ‘n’ Go areas.

Can I take my clothing to the donation drop boxes around the city?

Yes, we encourage you to donate their unwanted clothing and unusable textiles to their preferred cause. The important thing is to not let them go to waste as they can be resold and for damaged goods – recycled into something new.

It is best to contact the charity directly to find out what items they accept in their bins as not all charities accept both reusable and damaged textiles.

What are other ways I can reduce textile waste?

  • Take reusable clothes to a consignment store.
  • Host clothing swap parties with friends and family.
  • Buy fewer, staple clothing pieces for your wardrobe that you will wear more often.
  • Use old clothing as cleaning rags.

What happens to the clothing and textiles brought to the City Throw 'n' Go?

The clothing and textiles collected are donated, reused or recycled depending on their condition.

  • Any reusable clothing is sent for resale to retailers internationally.
  • If the item isn't reusable, it will be recycled instead. Textile recyclers turn old clothing, shoes, linens and fabrics into new products. Materials are sorted, cleaned and can be turned into wiping rags or shredded down for upholstery stuffing or fiber recycling.

All dropped-off clothing and textiles are organized by a third-party organization, Clothing for a Cause.