New, Gently Used and Worn This is a full-circle program. Your donations of new and gently used clothing and textiles -which will be reused- allow us to continue programs and recycle any worn-out/stained items we receive, turning them into usable new products. Thank you.
It is estimated that nearly 85% of all clothing and textiles end up in landfills in the U.S. today. The EPA estimates that the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year. Textile and clothing waste is a significant problem in our country. It is estimated that anywhere from 5 to 10% of all waste that is sent to municipal landfills is comprised of textiles. These items are often very dense and consume significant landfill space.
With those statistics in mind, and a goal to increase recycling, SWALCO established a community-wide program where clothing and textiles can be collected for reuse and recycling. The program will accept new, gently used, used or unwanted/worn, women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and textiles. All fabrics will be accepted. Even clothes or textiles with stains or holes, along with those notorious single socks, will be accepted. The great news is nearly 95% of the materials collected will be repurposed, reused or recycled.
Please view our list of accepted items and drop off locations.