How to recycle clothes, shoes, and other textiles

Donation Pile photo by serezniy, 123RF
Winter is coming….and that means pulling out your cold weather clothes from under the bed or the back of your closet.  As you decide what to keep or throw in your wardrobe, we recommend not just disposing your old clothes into the trash.  There are other things you can do with your textiles that will keep you in-style and eco-conscious.

Textiles

The examples below, of green actions you can take, apply to textiles. So the next question is, what is a textile? Textiles include:
  • clothing
  • belts
  • shoes and sneakers
  • purses and pocketbooks
  • linens (towels, sheets, blankets, bedspreads, comforters  (no mattresses!)
  • rugs and carpets


Donate to your favorite charity

Donate clothing, shoes, and other textiles that are in good condition to your favorite charity. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center and DEP maintain lists of local organizations that accept usable items. You may donate other textiles like linens, fabric and furniture covers to your local animal shelter/rescue, including the Montgomery County Humane Society. Contact your favorite charity to confirm their needs.

Drop off at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station

Use the Frederick Road/Route 355 entrance to the Transfer Station and follow the signs to the Textile Recycling Area (look for the blue boxes located next to the Book Shed).

Drop off clothing, shoes, and other textiles at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station. We accept clothing and other textiles that are dry and free of mildew—place materials in a closed plastic bag to keep out moisture that could cause mildew. The Transfer Station partners with a local non-profit that collects, sorts, and makes usable materials available to Goodwill and other thrift stores. Clothing that is in poor condition and no longer wearable are recycled. Items with mildew cannot be reused or recycled—throw those materials away.

Clothing Shoes Textiles Dropoff

Clothing, Shoes + Textiles Dropoff



Rugs and Carpets

Rugs and carpets can be donated for reuse or disposed of in the following manner:
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts area rugs (under 11 feet in length) in new or excellent condition for reuse
  • The Loading Dock accepts new carpet
  • Community Forklift accepts area rugs in good condition (must be clean), as well as new, manageable sized rolls of carpet (on a case by case basis)
  • Old rugs and carpets that cannot be reused may be brought to the Transfer Station as trash. If you receive County-provided curbside trash collection, you may request a bulk trash pickup for rugs and carpets that do not fit in your trash can. Please add smaller rugs to your regular household trash.
Carpet Padding
  • Carpet padding can be recycled if taken to: DC Foam Recycle Center, 3761 Commerce Drive, Suite 406, Baltimore, MD 21227, 410-247-7777


County-provided curbside recycling collection

We do not collect clothing, shoes, and other textiles for donation or recycling as part of County-provided curbside recycling collection. Please do not add these materials to your recycling bin or cart.