Clothes

Clothes and home textiles


Everyone in Surrey can recycle clothes and home textiles.

What can I recycle?

If you’re clearing out your old clothes and home textiles, there’s no need to put them in the bin when it’s easy to bag them up and recycle them. These can be recycled as long as they are clean and dry.

Yes please

  • Clothes like shirts, coats, tights and underwear
  • Home textiles like towels and sheets
  • Accessories like pairs of shoes, belts and bags

No thanks

  • Single shoes
  • Stuffed items like cushions and duvets
  • Cuddly toys

Textiles should be put in bags, and tied up so that they keep dry. Please don’t use black bin bags, or put clothes and home textiles in your recycling bin.

How can I recycle my clothes and home textiles?

Many areas in Surrey have a weekly collection for clothes and home textiles.

Usually everyone can use recycling banks at community recycling centres (CRCs). However, although some CRCs have reopened following closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are only accepting certain types of waste.  To find out if your local CRC is open and to find out what restrictions are in place at each site, visit Surrey County Council’s website. Some car parks and supermarkets have recycling banks that you could use instead.

Use the Recycle for Surrey search tool to see how best to recycle where you live.

Please try to reduce or reuse where possible, and limit clear outs to avoid overfilling your bins – all this will help your bin crews while services come under increasing pressure. Thank you.

What do my clothes become?

Clothes and home textiles are either sorted to be worn and used again in the UK or abroad, or recycled into useful products like felt, insulation or stuffing.

Reuse: repair and rewear

There are many ways to extend the life of clothes and home textiles you no longer need. You could donate them to charity shops, or see the repair and rewear page for other ideas including, clothes swapping parties, repair cafes and sewing courses.