In 2017/18 a staggering £1.7 million was spent sending textiles for disposal in West Sussex.
Residents threw away nearly 11,000 tonnes of unwanted clothes, towels, blankets and sheets into their general rubbish, even though most of these textiles could have been repaired, reused or recycled.
Reusing clothes and textiles
Before deciding to recycle your textiles, consider whether they could be re-purposed, or if someone else could use them.
If you have clothes that just need repairing, or could be reused, The Love Your Clothes website has lots of help and advice.
If you don't want the clothes or textiles anymore, most charity shops will take clothes that are in good condition. Alternatively, try arranging a 'swishing' event, where clothes are swopped between friends, neighbours or communities.
There are also lots of sites on the internet where you can sell good quality clothes, shoes and textiles.
What can be recycled
- Shoes (in pairs)
- Bed linen
- Duvet covers and pillow cases
- Table linen
- Bags and belts
If your clothes or textiles are beyond repair or reuse, you can take them to your local household waste recycling site or nearest textile bank site.
You can find your nearest textile bank using the links below:
Items from textiles banks are collected and sorted. Clothes and shoes that still have some life left in them will be sorted and sent for reuse (90%).
Old, well-worn or torn textiles will be recycled by shredding. They are then used to manufacture a range of cleaning cloths, flock rags and felt materials used in automotive sound proofing and mattress stuffing (10%).
Unfortunately, textile banks can’t accept pillows, duvets, carpets or rugs.
Crawley residents' kerbside collections
Residents in Crawley have another option, as textiles here are also collected at the kerbside. The kerbside textile collection service is available to all individual households or where small two-wheeled communal bins are provided at smaller blocks of flats. Textiles for recycling can be placed in a carrier bag and put out with the red-topped recycling bin.