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 Townsville QLD

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Business Name Address Suburb State Postcode Lon Lat Distance (Km) Approved Provider
Lifeline /business/10532 Cnr Patrick & Elizabeth S Aitkenvale, QLD, 4814 146.7646340 -19.2988570 Aitkenvale QLD 4814 146.7646340 -19.2988570
Lifeline /business/10577 Unit 2/233 Ingham Rd Garbutt, QLD, 4814 146.7807770 -19.2656690 Garbutt QLD 4814 146.7807770 -19.2656690
Lifeline /business/10589 2/1219 Upper Ross River Rd Kelso, QLD, 4815 146.7319898 -19.3618650 Kelso QLD 4815 146.7319898 -19.3618650
Salvation Army /business/10664 44 Anne Street Aitkenvale, QLD, 4814 146.7676470 -19.2953050 Aitkenvale QLD 4814 146.7676470 -19.2953050
Salvation Army /business/10677 229 Ingham Road Garbutt, QLD, 4814 146.7816827 -19.2661136 Garbutt QLD 4814 146.7816827 -19.2661136
Salvation Army /business/10681 4 Carlton Street Kirwan, QLD, 4817 146.7348395 -19.3015142 Kirwan QLD 4817 146.7348395 -19.3015142
Salvation Army /business/10685 35 Ross River Road Mundingburra, QLD, 4812 146.7944411 -19.2923343 Mundingburra QLD 4812 146.7944411 -19.2923343
Salvation Army /business/10691 445-449 Flinders Street West Townsville, QLD, 4810 146.8149061 -19.2619804 Townsville QLD 4810 146.8149061 -19.2619804
Endeavour Recycled Clothing Store /business/13068 101 Bamford Lane Kirwan, QLD, 4817 146.7404480 -19.3023920 Kirwan QLD 4817 146.7404480 -19.3023920
Endeavour Recycled Clothing Store /business/13077 Shop 5/1 Golloglys Lane Condon, QLD, 4815 146.7276310 -19.3401300 Condon QLD 4815 146.7276310 -19.3401300
Endeavour Recycled Clothing Store /business/13085 262 Woolcock Street Garbutt, QLD, 4810 146.7775382 -19.2693496 Garbutt QLD 4810 146.7775382 -19.2693496
Endeavour Recycled Clothing Store /business/13086 Shop 1/210 Ross River Road Aitkenvale, QLD, 4810 146.7740740 -19.2970630 Aitkenvale QLD 4810 146.7740740 -19.2970630
Nth Qld Green Solutions /business/13240 Hervey's Range Transfer Station Rangewood, QLD, 4814 146.653790473938 -19.315881878044194 Rangewood QLD 4814 146.653790473938 -19.315881878044194
Ancient Energy /business/13642 1581 Riverway Drive Kelso, QLD, 4815 146.7291990 -19.3952710 Kelso QLD 4815 146.7291990 -19.3952710
St Vincent De Paul /business/13892 132 Young Street Ayr, QLD, 4807 147.4047600 -19.5752110 Ayr QLD 4807 147.4047600 -19.5752110
St Vincent De Paul /business/13992 37 Edison Street Wulguru, QLD, 4811 146.8121067 -19.3243581 Wulguru QLD 4811 146.8121067 -19.3243581
St Vincent De Paul /business/13995 221 Charters Towers Road Hermit Park, QLD, 4812 146.7968020 -19.2858400 Hermit Park QLD 4812 146.7968020 -19.2858400
St Vincent De Paul /business/13996 Shop 14 / Mt View Plaza 32 Bamford Lane (cnr Mill Drive) Kirwan, QLD, 4817 146.7427187 -19.2937454 Kirwan QLD 4817 146.7427187 -19.2937454
St Vincent De Paul /business/13998 22 / 26 Echlin Street West End, QLD, 4810 146.7964112 -19.2646874 West End QLD 4810 146.7964112 -19.2646874
Shred-X Document Destruction /business/17521 31-35 Oonoonba Road Idalia, QLD, 4811 146.8101990 -19.3041230 Idalia QLD 4811 146.8101990 -19.3041230
Lifeline /business/10532 Cnr Patrick & Elizabeth S Aitkenvale, QLD, 4814 146.7646340 -19.2988570 Aitkenvale QLD 4814 146.7646340 -19.2988570

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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