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Textiles and clothes

Find your nearest textile recycling point.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

All our textile banks are open. Please make sure that your textiles and shoes are all put inside the textile container and not left on the ground to be collected as rubbish.

Changes to the textile service

Islington has teamed up textile recyclers Traid to provide residents with a new and improved textile recycling bank service. Our old textile recycling banks have all be replaced with new textile recycling banks supplied by Traid for Islington Council.  Banks will be serviced more frequently, they should be more secure, and importantly, most of the textiles collected will be reused or recycled in Britain. 

Bed linen such as sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases can be placed in our textile bins but not any filled linen items such as duvets or pillows. 

Collection service

Traid offers a free collection service of your unwanted textiles from your door. Collections are arranged by appointment only with Traid. This would suit residents who have a lot of clothes to donate at one time. Complete the booking form or telephone Traid on 020 8733 2595.

General information

You can recycle your unwanted clothes, textiles and shoes at the recycling points listed below. Put them into the clothes bank inside a plastic bag or in loose.

All shoes can be put into a bag or tied together as a pair and put into the textiles recycling bank

Find your nearest textile recycling site. The textile locations are yellow on the map:

If you have a suggestion for where to put a new textile recycling site, please let us know.

What happens to the clothes and textiles?

Donated clothes are transformed into high quality stock for the Traid charity shops. TRAID hand sorts donations at a warehouse in London selecting stock for Traid shops based on condition, quality and style. It’s a major process which sees the team sorting, hanging, tagging, pricing and merchandising around 11,000 garments per week to reuse and resell. The funds raised in the charity shops from stopping clothes from being thrown away are committed to global projects improving conditions and working practices in the textile industry. Clothing not suitable for resale is given free of charge to textile recyclers and is mostly used as industrial cleaning cloths.

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