How can Kent County Department of Public Works help?
Explore the waste stream options below for how you can reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of the item you are trying to get rid of through a KCDPW facility or service.
If your clothing or textile item is still in great shape and you just don’t have a use for it anymore, consider donating or repurposing it! Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle, Craigslist, or your local BuyNothing Project group are all great places to give away items.
Check out some of the Community Disposal Outlets below for any places that accept donations or items for reuse/resale.
Additionally, a quick internet search can provide you with great DIY ideas on how to repurpose that textile item!
Clothing and textiles SHOULD NEVER go in your curbside recycling cart or in our recycling drop-off stations.
Due to their flexible nature, clothing, fashion items, and other textiles can wrap around sorting equipment, clog machines, and tangle up other recyclables preventing them from getting sorted and recycled at all.
While many places advertise that they “recycle” clothing, coats, boots, purses, shoes, or other fashion items, what most of them really mean is reuse or repurpose through donation or resale. But the “R” of reuse is better than recycling so be sure to grab any out-grown or no longer wanted or needed clothing and give it to your favorite donation place.
However, the emerging technology of textile recycling is slowly coming online. Some companies have collaborated on recycling take-back programs on certain textiles and clothing products.
Check out some of the Community Diposal Outlets below for any places that accept donations or recycling.
Clothing and textiles do not contain hazardous materials.
Keeping clothing and textiles out of the landfill, when possible, and in reuse ensures we give those valuable resources a second chance at life and use!
However, if you cannot donate or repurpose your clothing items, this type of waste is acceptable in your trash or can be landfilled at two of Kent County Department of Public Work’s facilities for a fee:
The links above can provide the location address, disposal fee, and hours of service.
Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.