If you are overhauling your wardrobe or making space for new items, make sure you dispose of your unwanted clothing correctly. Clothing can be recycled and reused in many ways, but not through regular kerbside recycling collection.
According to the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia, Australians send around $500 million worth of fashion clothing to the tip each year, yet over 95% of it can be recycled and reused.
Recycling your clothing will:
Good quality clothes are resold by charities in their retail outlets for fundraising purposes, or they may be given to disadvantaged people.
Some charities will recycle clothes that are in poor condition into industrial rags, sound-absorption materials, insulation or stuffing. Ask the charity what their acceptance criteria is, because the charity will be liable for any costs associated with sending inappropriate clothing to landfill.
Some clothing (preferably natural fibres) can be used for weed matting. A community garden or landcare / bushcare group may accept donations.
As a last resort, clothing that can't be reused or recycled can be discarded in your kerbside waste bin or through your local hard rubbish collection.
Clothing and textiles are not recycled through the kerbside recycling bin.
Depending on the facilities at the recycling plant which processes your kerbside collections, clothing and textiles that are in recycling can get caught in the sorting machines and contribute to machinery wear and tear or slow down the sorting process.