Invest in textiles

Last updated: 20 September 2022

Victoria’s textile waste includes:

  • discarded clothing (including uniforms)
  • end-of-life furniture
  • synthetic carpets
  • manufacturing offcuts.

It’s estimated that currently only 2% of textile waste is recovered in Victoria, making it one of the lowest rates of recovery of any material stream. A significant quantity of the waste that is sent to landfill is pre-consumer textile waste that is a bi-product of manufacturing.

The quantity of textile waste that is not recovered represents a considerable opportunity for investors. End markets are also required to support demand for recovered textile materials resulting in textiles being identified as a priority material under the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy.


  • Opportunities for industry to introduce technologies that separate combined textiles to their constituent fabrics and materials.
  • Recoverable materials include polyethylene terephthalate (PET), cotton, nylon, acrylic, and viscose, which could be used in new products.

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Graphs and data

Textiles waste generation sector breakdown
Waste generation by tonnes (2018-19)
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Textiles waste Tonnes
Commercial and Industrial 121273
Construction and Demolition 10608
Municipal 55915

For more information on waste data, view our waste data, insights and tools.

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