Can I Put Clothes in the Recycle Bin?
Many of us are looking to do our part to protect the environment and help reduce waste. We want to know if it’s OK to put clothes into a recycle bin?
No, You Should Not Put Clothes in a Recycle Bin
Clothes are not recyclable and are better suited to be reused. You can repurpose clothing and textiles for craft projects, alternate uses or donate them to a thrift store or charitable organization.
What Can You Do With Old Clothing?
Here are some ideas of what you can do with old clothing:
- Share them with a friend or family member.
- Donate them to a non-profit organization.
- Resell them by using an online marketplace.
- List them in a local clothing swap.
- Sell them at a consignment store or thrift shop.
- Recycle them into rags and other useful items in your home.
Recycling Clothes That are No Longer Wearable
If you have clothes that are not wearable and you do not want to throw them away in a trash can, you have several options:
- If the fabric is made from natural fibers, such as cotton, wool, and hemp, put them into a compost bin.
- If the fabric is made from synthetic fibers, such as polyester and nylon, you can cut it into scraps and use it as stuffing or fabric for other projects.
- Take the clothes to a donation center, textile recycling center or drop-off location.
Clothing should not be placed in recycle bins. If you have clothing and fabrics that are no longer wearable, consider reusing, repurposing, or donating them to a non-profit or textile recycling center. By doing this you are helping the environment and giving back to your community.