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How to dispose of wool clothing and products

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Items made out of wool

Take items made out of wool to any City landfill for free textile recycling.

Special instructions

  • Our Throw 'N' Go bins accept wool clothing, wool dryer balls and other wool accessories.
  • Place items inside a bag before dropping off at the landfill.
  • This helps keeps the clothing dry and makes it easier to collect.
  • If you bring other garbage in your load, landfill charges will apply.

Why can't wool items be composted?

  • Many textiles are made of a mix of organic and synthetic fibres that will contaminate the finished compost
  • These manufactured products will not break down properly during the composting process.

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.

Title: What Goes Where?
Author: City of Calgary
Description: Residential recycling and disposal search tool