Recycle at home = Depends
A home collection service of textiles and shows is available to households on the kerbside collection services (standard, shared bins and bags). It is not available to flats that share large communal bins (see the four different types of collection service we provide).
Households on the kerbside collection services: textiles and shoes can be recycled by putting them in a plastic bag (tied at the top) and leaving them next to your recycling bins on collection day. This includes:
- Clothes (e.g. t-shirt, sweater, jacket, coat, raincoat, jeans, socks, jumper, shorts, tracksuit, vest, pyjamas, swimwear, dress, blouse, underwear, bra, pants, shirt, tie, hat, scarf)
- Textiles such as curtains, duvet covers and blankets
- Shoes, boots and trainers (tied together)
Please note that the dedicated cages on the collection trucks for shoes and textiles is small and fills up quickly, so the crews may not always be able to take your items. If this happens, we are sorry for the inconvenience and we are exploring ways to improve the collection service in the future.
Recycle out of home = Yes
Clothes, textiles and shoes can be recycled at local collection points and at your council-run Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.
Be a great recycler…
- The following items cannot be recycled from home: duvets, curtains, pillows and cushions
- Only recycle clothes that are not in good condition – anything that is in good condition can be donated, repaired or re-fashioned (see below)
- Repair, re-fashion and up-cycle your clothes instead of throwing them away or donating them. There are lots of hints and tips to be found on the Love Not Landfill website
- Donate items that are still in a good, usable condition to charities or charity shops – find your local charity shops on the Charity Retail Association website.
- You can book a free home collection via the TRAID website
- Textiles that are in poor condition can be turned into cleaning rags/cloths