What to do with your unwanted clothes: where and how to recycle them?

Fashion, like any love affair, has its highs and lows. No matter how infatuated you were with that dress when you first met, it might be time to move on – you’ve changed and so must your outfit.

Not surprisingly, 92% of us have clothing in our wardrobes that we don’t wear. So what can you do with that heaving cluster of clothes taking up your entire drawer? There may be a better place for your unwanted garments, a place with dinners out and sunshine and love… Ok, so maybe you’ve worn it to death and your bedraggled shirt is unfit for anybody, there’s still somewhere good it can go, and it’s not the landfill.


Recycle for rewards

Earn money by filling a bag and arranging for collection with Genie Recycling.

Unwanted clothing: recycle @Amberoot

Clothing Banks

You’ve probably noticed these outside your local supermarket, in car parks and the like. Again, always check to confirm what kinds of goods are accepted but this can be an easy way to donate your clothes for recycling and help a good cause. The Salvation Army now have 6500 clothing banks nationwide. You can have a look on their website to see just how much good a full bin (the good kind) can do. TRAID also has 1500 banks across the UK as well as offering bag collections and in store drop-offs. Funding raised goes to support textile workers worldwide, you can find your nearest recycling bank here.

Find a list of local recycling banks here._

 Unwanted clothing: recycle bins @Amberoot

It’s natural to acquire a seasonable or even colossal amount of baggage from life but it doesn’t have to be a burden, and there are so many ways to unload, whilst doing some good in the world.



This article is part of series “What to do with your unwanted clothes”. What to do with your unwanted clothes: donateWhat to do with your unwanted clothes: recycleWhat to do with your unwanted clothes: swap, What to do with your unwanted clothes: earn rewards for your clothing (will be posted shortly!).

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