Did you know you can recycle torn, stained and mis-matched clothes and linens? The average person throws out 81 pounds of usable textiles a year! Instead of trashing damaged textiles, donate them for recycling. Damaged textiles can be reused as rags for painting and recycled into carpet padding and insulation. Only throw away textiles that are wet, mildewed, or contaminated with hazardous materials.
All year, Kirkland single family residents can recycle clothing and linens next to their carts with their weekly service. Place textiles in a secured, labeled bag and schedule pickup with Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995.
In Kirkland, Goodwill and Value Village accept textile donations for recycling, as well as USAgain and Big Brothers Big Sisters drop boxes. Find more drop-off locations in the Seattle area, and get more information about the regional Threadcycle program, at kingcounty.gov/threadcycle.
In September 2016, we promoted a textile drive in collaboration between the City of Kirkland, Waste Management, and Sight Connection to raise awareness of textile recycling options.