Damaged Clothes and Scraps Aren’t Garbage Anymore


Nearly 95 percent of the clothes, shoes and linens that are tossed in the garbage can be recycled into other products or reused. In 2012, an estimated 2.25 million tons of textiles were recycled. Some recycling examples are second hand clothing and old t-shirts made into rags for commercial use or jeans are turned into insulation.

According to the Council on Textile Recycling, about 10 to 20 percent of donated items are resold locally by retailers and charitable organizations. Brokers purchase the remaining 80 to 90 percent. They sort and bundle items for shipment to locations such as Eastern Europe and Central Africa.

This means that single glove, shoe, sock or even a baseball cap with the frayed bill, can all be recycled! A word of caution, never donate items that are wet, mildewed or are soiled with hazardous materials.

The following locations will accept your donations:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound – http://bbbsps.org

Goodwill – http://goodwillwa.org

Northwest – http://bigbluetruck.org

Salvation Army – http://salvationarmynw.org

TexGreen – info@texgreenteam.com

USAgain – http://usagain.com

Value Village – http://stores.savers.com

For more information please visit http://kingcounty.gov/threadcycle.

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