Costumes

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.

Donate or Reuse
Compost
Recycling
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal
Trash

If your costume 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.

Most costumes are not ideal to compost, especially if they are made of a mix of man-made materials like nylon or polyester or other plastic-based fabrics.

Costumes 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, costumes, 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 Disposal Outlets below for any places that accept donations or recycling.

Costumes 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 costumes, this type of waste is acceptable in your trash or can be landfilled at Kent County Department of Public Work’s two residential trash drop-offs for a fee:

North Kent Waste & Recycling Center in Rockford
South Kent Waste & Recycling Center in Byron Center

The links above can provide the location address, recycling fee, and hours of service.