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Last updated: 5/16/19

Recycling clothing and textiles

You can recycle clothing and textiles at our hazardous waste dropoff events. We hold four drop-off events each year.

Did you know that about six percent of solid waste is textiles? At our recycling events, we take everything, including pants, coats, hats, and suits. We have a full list of what we'll take below.

Still have questions? Contact:
Public Works
1 City Hall Square
Room 714
Boston, MA 02201-2024
United States

Upcoming events

Upcoming events
Boston Hazardous Waste Drop Off
Jul 20

Household hazardous waste drop-off

Boston Hazardous Waste Drop Off
Aug 17

Household hazardous waste drop-off

Boston Hazardous Waste Drop Off
Sep 21

Household hazardous waste drop-off

What we will recycle

  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Pajamas
  • T-shirts
  • Jerseys
  • Sweatshirts and pants
  • Sweaters
  • Jeans
  • Dresses
  • Coats
  • Jackets
  • Suits
  • Scarves
  • Undergarments and bras
  • Shoes (singles too!)
  • Flip Flops
  • Slippers
  • Belts
  • Ties
  • Backpacks, book bags
  • Hats
  • Socks (singles too!)
  • Purses
  • Comforters
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Curtains and draperies
  • Table linens
  • Stuffed animals

What we won't recycle

We will not take carpets, rugs, oil rags, mattresses, or wet or mildewed items.