Clothing & Textiles Recycling Hotline

Worn / Damaged / Unsaleable Clothing

Some charities are able to sell worn / damaged / un-saleable clothing to companies that recycle the clothing/textiles for industrial rags or other textile byproducts. Please contact your local charity to find out if they accept clothing for recycling. 

Items that are suitable for industrial rags should be:

  1. Clean - no dirt, oil, grease, paint, blood
  2. Absorbent materials only - no denim
  3. Suitably sized - the minimum cut size for rags is 400mm square. Children's clothing is usually too small.

Preferable items include T Shirts, towels, flannelette, sheets - especially white materials. If your items do not meet the above criteria, please do not put them in charity clothing banks/boxes. Unsuitable items will be sent to landfill and the charity will incur a disposal cost.

Please check with the charity concerned on acceptance criteria as other garments may be reused or recycled for purposes other than rags.

H&M Clothing Retailer has a Garment Collection programme for any clothing or textiles which they reuse of recycle. They currently have stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 

Some clothing (preferably natural fibres) can be used for weed matting. A community garden, Landcare or Bushcare group near you may have a use for worn clothing. Contact your local council to find out if any of these groups operate in your area. Or can be composted.

Search for a commercial clothing recycler on BusinessRecycling.com.au

Drop off locations for Clothing and Textiles

20 drop off businesses match on Clothing and Textiles within approx 60km of Brisbane QLD

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Business Name Address Suburb State Postcode Lon Lat Distance (Km) Approved Provider
Lifeline /business/10550 188 Aumuller Bungalow, QLD, 4870 145.7599640 -16.9314620 Bungalow QLD 4870 145.7599640 -16.9314620
Lifeline /business/10555 213 Bunda St Cairns, QLD, 4870 145.7693361 -16.9241111 Cairns QLD 4870 145.7693361 -16.9241111
Lifeline /business/10571 471 Mulgrave Rd Earlville, QLD, 4870 145.7416840 -16.9417590 Earlville QLD 4870 145.7416840 -16.9417590
Lifeline /business/10573 181 Bruce Hwy Edmonton, QLD, 4869 145.7436900 -17.0167660 Edmonton QLD 4869 145.7436900 -17.0167660
Lifeline /business/10581 50 Norman St Gordonvale, QLD, 4865 145.7861180 -17.0915720 Gordonvale QLD 4865 145.7861180 -17.0915720
Lifeline /business/10601 159 Anderson St Manunda, QLD, 4870 145.7419430 -16.9172597 Manunda QLD 4870 145.7419430 -16.9172597
Endeavour Foundation Industries Cairns /business/12935 52-54 Aumuller Street Portsmith, QLD, 4870 145.7697050 -16.9420850 Portsmith QLD 4870 145.7697050 -16.9420850
Endeavour Recycled Clothing Store /business/13061 622 Bruce Highway Woree, QLD, 4868 145.7445490 -16.9524010 Woree QLD 4868 145.7445490 -16.9524010
Endeavour Recycled Clothing Store /business/13072 Shop 2, 76B Sheridan Street Cairns, QLD, 4870 145.7748380 -16.9236360 Cairns QLD 4870 145.7748380 -16.9236360
Endeavour Recycled Clothing Store /business/13078 8 Norman Street Gordonvale, QLD, 4865 145.7866141 -17.0890915 Gordonvale QLD 4865 145.7866141 -17.0890915
Reuse and Recycle, Cairns Inc. /business/13591 Pease St Cairns, QLD, 4870 145.7621170 -16.9064700 Cairns QLD 4870 145.7621170 -16.9064700
St Vincent De Paul /business/13891 Railway Lane Atherton, QLD, 4883 145.4760630 -17.2639534 Atherton QLD 4883 145.4760630 -17.2639534
St Vincent De Paul /business/13904 82 Anderson Street Manunda Cairns, QLD, 4870 145.7471768 -16.9153241 Cairns QLD 4870 145.7471768 -16.9153241
St Vincent De Paul /business/13905 Shop 1 / Marinos Arcade 70 Grafton Street Cairns, QLD, 4870 145.7756376 -16.9236770 Cairns QLD 4870 145.7756376 -16.9236770
St Vincent De Paul /business/13906 30 Douglas Street Manunda Cairns, QLD, 4870 145.7465760 -16.9122437 Cairns QLD 4870 145.7465760 -16.9122437
St Vincent De Paul /business/13926 Piccones Shopping Complex Shop 6a 113 Bruce Highway Edmonton, QLD, 4869 145.7438246 -17.0205372 Edmonton QLD 4869 145.7438246 -17.0205372
St Vincent De Paul /business/13950 193 Swallow Street Mooroobool Manunda, QLD, 4870 145.7338290 -16.9273040 Manunda QLD 4870 145.7338290 -16.9273040
St Vincent De Paul /business/13951 138 Walsh Street Mareeba, QLD, 4880 145.4230950 -16.9921210 Mareeba QLD 4880 145.4230950 -16.9921210
St Vincent De Paul /business/13988 1 / 9 Kamerunga Road Stratford, QLD, 4879 145.7333220 -16.8756380 Stratford QLD 4879 145.7333220 -16.8756380
St Vincent De Paul /business/13999 3 Coastwatcher Village Cnr Trinity Beach Road & 3 Rabaul Street Trinity Beach, QLD, 4879 145.6916248 -16.7908957 Trinity Beach QLD 4879 145.6916248 -16.7908957
Lifeline /business/10550 188 Aumuller Bungalow, QLD, 4870 145.7599640 -16.9314620 Bungalow QLD 4870 145.7599640 -16.9314620

Pick up locations for Clothing and Textiles

18 pick up businesses match your query on Clothing and Textiles

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Business Name Details Picks up Fees Approved Provider
Lifeline Gatton Saleable Items only please. Qld May apply
Oz Recycle - Australian Online Recyclers Community Our service is Internet based. All Pick-ups are arrange... Nationally Free
Magic Bins Skip bins delivered & picked up 2-12 cubic metres. Qld (Metro Area Only) May apply
Smiths Cleaning Rag’s Pty Ltd Click Business Name for details Nationally May apply
Steve's Rubbish Removals Click Business Name for details Qld May apply
Lifeline Ipswich and West Moreton Saleable items only please. Qld May apply
Lifeline Jacaranda Street Saleable Items only please. Qld May apply
Lifeline Raceview Click Business Name for details Qld May apply
Lifeline Goodna Saleable Items only please. Qld May apply
Handybin Waste Services Click Business Name for details Qld (Metro Area Only) May apply
ReuseMoose.com Click Business Name for details Nationally Free
REMONDIS Australia Pty Ltd REMONDIS collects recycling and waste streams in bins r... Nationally May apply
1800-GOT-JUNK? (Australia) Pty Ltd. We cover the following suburbs: Ascot Ashgrove Auche... Qld (Metro Area Only) May apply
1800-GOT-JUNK? (Australia) Pty Ltd. We cover the following suburbs: Ashmore Banora Point ... Qld (Metro Area Only) May apply
Shred-X Document Destruction Services available from a "One Off" collection through ... Nationally May apply
Shred-X Document Destruction Services available from a "One Off" collection through ... Nationally May apply
Shred-X Document Destruction Services available from a "One Off" collection through ... Nationally May apply
Shred-X Document Destruction Services available from a "One Off" collection through ... Nationally Qld May apply

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H&M Clothing Retailer has a Garment Collection programme for any clothing or textiles which they reuse of recycle. They currently have stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 

Charities

Many charities sell second-hand goods and clothing via shops. They're great places to pick up a bargain and help a great cause at the same time!

If they're in good condition, many charity stores will also accept unwanted household items such as clothing, accessories, bric-a-brac, books and even furniture.

Before setting out to donate unwanted items to a charity shop, however,please contact them first to ensure that they can accept your unwanted items.

If your workplace or business has large quantities of clothing, textiles and other second hand goods to recycle, visit BusinessRecycling.com.au to find suitable collection or drop-off service options.

Other Clothing Donation Programs

Dress For Success and Fitted For Work are both programs in Australia that help women experiencing disadvantage to find work and keep it. They do this by providing free professional attire, career mentoring and development, and transition-to-work programs. Visit their websites to find out what type of clothing is suitable to donate or other ways that you can help.

Shoes For Planet Earth is a non-profit organisation that works with local and international communities and companies to provide reused running shoes to those in need around the world. They have drop-off locations in NSW, VIC and QLD. As well as running shoes (no broken soles or holes please) they're also happy to accept insoles and spare laces.

Uplift Bras collects new and second hand bras and sends them wherever needed. For women in the developing world a bra is often unobtainable or unaffordable. In 2011, bras were sent to the Philippines, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Northern Territory. Uplift Bras have drop-off collection points in all state/territories in Australia.

Furniture

To donate furniture to a good cause, contact your local charities to see if they accept donations of furniture. To search for commercial second-hand furniture shops, go to this page and enter your location details.

About Charity Stores

The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) ensures that all the collected goods and proceeds are used exclusively for their welfare programs. (*) If there are NACRO members in your area, these are listed above and marked with an asterisk.

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