Even though 95% of clothing and textiles can be reused and recycled, 85% end up going to the landfill. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2013, Americans sent 14.3 million tons of clothing to the landfill. Clothing and textiles include shirts, pants, socks, hats, scarves, belts, shoes, purses, jackets, blankets, rugs, carpet and stuffed animals.
Although clothing and textiles are recyclable, they need special handling.
Please see the Clothing Recycling Resource List for local donation and reuse centers.
Participate in or host a clothing swap among families and friends to exchange clothes. Do an internet search for “clothing swap” or “clothing exchange” for additional information.
Textile recycling shreds and repurposes raw material into:
Donated clothing not used by charities are sold to clothing buyers or sent to recycling facilities for processing. Recycle your clothing and textiles. Do your part to help conserve resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, extend the life of landfills and create a healthy environment for today and future generations.
If you need assistance with recycling or additional information, please Contact Us.
This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 4/29/2021