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How to recycle clothing, shoes and textiles

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 Clothing, shoes and textiles

Do NOT put clothing and textiles in your blue cart as they jam up equipment at the recycling facility.​

Donate it - Local charities/clothing drop boxes

Many local charities accept donations of reusable clothes and shoes and damaged textiles.

Please contact the charity directly to find out what type of clothing material is accepted in their drop off bins.

Donate it - City of Calgary Throw 'N' Go

Take clothing and textiles, even damaged goods, to the Throw 'N' Go area of any City landfill.

The drop boxes at Throw 'n' Go areas accept a variety of textiles for free including:

  • 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
  • Cleaning cloths, rags, and scrap fabric

Special instructions

Place items inside a bag before dropping off at the City landfill Throw 'n' Go. This helps keeps the clothing dry and makes it easier to collect.

Learn more about The City of Calgary's textile recycling program.

Landfill locations listed below:

Clothing and shoes

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