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What happens to my textiles?

We collect unwanted clothing and textiles in the blue box.  Please tie them in a bag so that they stay dry. We accept items which are damaged or well-worn, as long as they are clean. Please tie footwear in pairs.

The material is sorted in the UK and, depending on what each item is, recycled or reused in a range of ways. Items may be reused in the UK, made into industrial wipes, ground into fibres and used as sound-proofing or to fill car seats, used in international aid programmes, or used to develop markets in Eastern Europe or developing countries.

Last updated 1 November 2018

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