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. All textiles, even torn and stained, are accepted. Place textiles in a tied bag labeled "textiles" and schedule pickup with Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995. Textiles recycled at the curb are processed by Goodwill.
Non-profit Northwest Center offers free home pick-up of usable and worn out textiles.
In Kirkland, Goodwill accepts textile donations for recycling. There is also a textile dropbox at the Houghton Transfer Station. All textiles, even worn out and stained, can be recycled at participating Threadcycle locations. Find more drop-off locations in the Seattle area, and get more information about the Threadcycle program, at kingcounty.gov/threadcycle.
Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop accepts donations of clean, resellable clothing. (Confirm that they are accepting donations during the pandemic.) The all-volunteer non-profit thrift shop is an EnviroStars green business. They support the community by granting proceeds to local non-profits such as Hopelink, Friends of Youth, and others.