Trash Talk – Clothing

TrashCanDo you toss damaged clothes, shoes, and household linens into the trash because you think they can’t be donated? Now items that aren’t reusable now can be recycled into industrial wiping cloths, carpet padding, insulation and more.

In the past, only “gently used,” resalable items could be accepted by area thrift stores, drop boxes and collection sites. But textile markets have changed. Nearly every large collector in our area sorts materials into several categories – some for resale and some for recycling into new products.

So gather up your clothes, shoes, and household linens and take them to a nearby thrift shop, collection site or drop box, or arrange for a pick up. Help keep these items in the recycling loop and out of landfills.

Please note that clothing still cannot be recycled in our home recycle bins.

2 comments to Trash Talk – Clothing

  • Thanks for raising consciousness about ways to use our cast-offs more constructively. However — prior to retiring early to open my pet sitting business, I worked in King County’s Department of Natural Resources for 14 year. Unless something has changed recently, textiles cannot be recycled in our home collection bins. I know you suggested taking them to a drop site, but I just wanted to emphasize that’s what needs to be done, not putting them in our home recycling bins.

  • Nancy

    Yes, I guess the graphic I chose for the Trash Talk series could be misleading. Thanks for clarifying.

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