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Donate Worn Clothes and Linens for Recycling During September Textile Drive

Contact: Jenna Higgins
Public Works Department

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The City of Kirkland’s recycling team is joining forces with Waste Management and Sight Connection to kick-off a month long textile recycling drive in September. Residents can schedule curbside pickup of textiles for reuse and recyclingPhoto of Textile Recycling Drive. Photo Courtesy of Sight Connection with Sight Connection on September 6, 12, 21 or 30 by signing up on the organization's website.

Accepted items include clothing and linen that is torn, stained and mismatched, that 
otherwise might be thrown away. Donated materials will then be reused as rags for painting or will be recycled into carpet padding and insulation. Apartment and condo residents are also able to utilize the service by contacting Sight Connections prior to desired pickup. 

Each year the average person throws out 81 pounds of usable textiles and it is estimated that up to 95 percent of these clothes, shoes and linens could have been reused or recycled, saving valued landfill space. Most all textiles are accepted for recycling with the exception of wet, mildewed or those contaminated with hazardous materials.

Kirkland single family residents can recycle clothing and linens all year by placing textiles in secured, labeled bags next to their carts with their weekly service. Pick up must be scheduled with Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995. 

Additionally, Goodwill and Value Village accept textile donations for recycling. Find more drop-off locations at

The September textile drive is a collaboration between the City of Kirkland, Waste Management, and Sight Connection to raise awareness of textile recycling options. For more information, contact Kirkland’s Recycling Hotline at 425-587-3812 or at