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King County EcoConsumer - a natural balance of consuming and conserving
King County EcoConsumer – a natural balance of consuming and conserving  
 
Damaged clothes, shoes, and linens are put into bales and sent to brokers who sort them

Up to 95 percent of the clothes, shoes, and linens that are thrown in the garbage could have been reused or recycled. By giving these items, we can all keep a huge amount of waste out of landfills.

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Tips on how to give

  • Never give items that are wet or mildewed – they can contaminate an entire load of usable items.
  • Do not give items that have been soiled with hazardous materials, such as oil-soaked rags. These are not reusable or recyclable and can contaminate other usable materials.

If you’d like to learn more about recycling clothes, shoes, and linens, check out these resources:

Wondering about whether a collector is a registered charity in Washington state?

Most collectors will have this information on their website, but you can always search the Washington Secretary of State’s website (external) to check if an organization is a charity.

Looking for more ways to reduce textiles waste?

Metamorphus (external) - Young Seattle entrepreneurs give old clothes new life!

If you know of other local organizations working to prevent textile waste, tell us about them at kingcountylinkup@kingcounty.gov.

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Updated: Feb. 7, 2017


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