As you start your spring clean, don’t put textiles in the garbage! There are many ways to keep clothing, shoes and textiles out of the City landfills.
- Donate usable clothing and shoes to local charities or drop-off charity bins near you. Be sure to contact them first to find out what types are accepted. If the charity bin is full, don’t leave it outside – only materials in the bins are accepted. Instead, hang onto your donation or take it to another bin.
- Recycle clothing and textiles for free at a City landfill, even if it’s damaged. Our Throw ‘N’ Go accepts a variety of textiles including outerwear, shoes, reusable shopping bags, purses and backpacks, and more. Just make sure fabrics are clean and dry and place items in a bag before dropping off. If you bring other garbage in your load, landfill charges will apply.
- Repurpose old cotton shirts by cutting into rags for household chores such as cleaning or automotive work. Textiles also make great projects and crafts with many patterns available online: sew quilts from denim and flannel, handkerchiefs from old t-shirts, or cushion covers from curtains.
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