Recycle Your Textiles and Clothing in New York City

Recycle Your Textiles in New York With spring here, it may be time to do some cleaning and clear out what you don't use. Whether it's old wardrobe items, excess fabric, damaged samples or other materials that take up space, there's an easy way to recycle your textiles and clothing in New York City.

Grow New York, a non-profit that is committed to making life better for city dwellers says that the average New Yorker throws out 46 pounds of clothing and other textiles in the trash each year. For fashion designers, this number may be even more. To reduce this waste and repurpose viable materials, they offer textile recycling at 26 farmers markets throughout the boroughs every week.

The following items can be dropped off:

  • Clothing
  • Paired shoes
  • Hats
  • Handbags
  • Belts
  • Fabric scraps 36" x 36" or larger and other textiles

Once collected, textiles are sorted into garments, scraps and synthetics and then either repurposed as clothing or sent to recycling stations to be turned into usable materials.

Learn more about your recycling options at Grow New York.

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