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How to recycle clothing, shoes and textiles

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Clothing and shoes

Local charities and clothing drop boxes

Contact local charities to find out what type of reusable clothes, shoes and damaged textiles are accepted in their drop off bins.

Clothing and textile recycling at City landfills

Take clothing and textiles, even damaged goods, to any City landfill for free textile recycling. Our Throw 'N' Go bins accept a variety of textiles 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 landfil.
  • This helps keeps the clothing dry and makes it easier to collect.
  • If you bring other garbage in your load, landfill charges will apply.

Landfill locations listed below:

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 Clothing for a Cause.