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Even damaged clothes, shoes, and linens can be recycled or reused.

Even damaged clothes and linens can be recycled. Remember to give them all – in any condition except wet.

Acceptable items

Remember to give all of your clothes, shoes, and linens. Even items that are ripped, torn, have holes are acceptable! Even single shoes, socks, gloves, and other items that are normally paired-up can be matched with other “singles” and worn by people who otherwise would not have those items to wear. The only clothes, shoes, and linens you should NOT donate are items that are wet, mildewed, or contaminated with hazardous material.

The following items can be dropped off at many drop box, thrift store, and other locations:

Torn, ripped or holey

Threadcycle torn, ripped or holey items

Dirty or stained

Missing buttons or broken zippers

Threadcycle dirty or stained items Threadcycle items with missing buttons or broken zippers

"Singles" of paired items

Worn-out or faded

Threadcycle "Singles" of paired items Threadcycle worn out or faded items


Acceptable items


  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Pajamas
  • T-shirts
  • Jerseys
  • Sweatshirts/pants
  • Sweaters
  • Jeans
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Coats
  • Jackets
  • Suits
  • Scarves
  • Clean underwear
  • Clean cloth diapers


  • Shoes (singles too!)
  • Flip flops
  • Slippers


  • Belts
  • Ties
  • Backpacks, book bags
  • Hats
  • Socks (singles too!)
  • Purses


  • Comforters
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases

Household linens

  • Curtains/draperies
  • Table linens
  • Fabric scraps – hand sized or larger


  • Stuffed animals

These items are NOT accepted

  • Anything wet or mildewed
  • Anything contaminated with hazardous materials
  • Anything infested with moths or bed bugs

Don’t put it in the curbside recycling carts

Clothes, shoes, and linens do NOT go into local curbside recycling carts. These items can jam up machinery in recycling facilities. The exceptions to this are Bellevue, Bothell, Burien, Carnation, Issaquah, Maple Valley, and SeaTac (external links), which have special programs that take clothing at curbside, following specific guidelines – if you live in one of these cities, please make sure to consult their website for recycling guidelines.

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Updated: Feb. 23, 2016

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