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Donate or Resell

  • TextilesSmThe average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing per year (shown here), according to EPA estimates. Most of these items could be reused or recycled.

These organizations can help you reduce your impact on the planet.

Clothes, shoes, linens, and more

Damaged clothes and linens aren’t garbage anymore. Up to 95 percent of clothes, shoes, and linens thrown in our garbage could have been reused or recycled. Thrift stores, drop boxes, and others will take all of your clothes, shoes, and linens for reuse or recycling – even damaged goods – in any condition except wet, mildewed, or contaminated with hazardous material.

Seattle Public Utilities has partnered with King County to create the Threadcycle program, which helps decrease your impact on the planet by reusing or recycling your unwanted clothes, shoes, and linens. Worn-out, ripped, and mismatched items are now collected and turned into new products such as carpet padding, insulation, and wiping rags. Learn more about what happens to these items through Threadcycle.

Important: Don’t put clothes, shoes, linens, or other household fabrics in your recycling bin.

Acceptable items

  • Clothing, shoes and personal accessories such as belts, purses, hats, gloves, scarves, luggage, and backpacks
  • Bedding, towels, linens, curtains, and tablecloths
  • Fabric scraps

Learn more about items accepted through Threadcycle.

Give your clothes, shoes, linens, and more

Choose the most convenient thrift store, drop box, collection truck, or scheduled curbside service:

Building Supplies

  • Second Use, a South Seattle retail store with vintage architectural pieces and salvaged building materials.
  • Ballard Reuse for salvaged cabinets, doors, windows, plumbing and lighting fixtures and flooring.
  • Earthwise in South Seattle for reusable building materials and architectural features.

General donation/reuse

  • King County Materials Exchange - household goods and building materials for sale or give away.
  • Seattle Habitat for Humanity Store - takes in donations of new and used home improvement items such as furniture, appliances, and building materials.
  • GreenDisk for recycling CDs and small electronic accessories like computer mice.
  • Eco Encore for books, CDs, and DVDs.
  • The Sharehouse - picks up usable furniture, provides tax deductible receipts, and delivers it to people in need.
  • Discover Books - conducts book drives to support literacy programs and encourage recycling.
  • Business Hazardous Waste - online market of industrial by-products, surplus materials and wastes, run by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.
  • E-Cycle Washington for recycling of computers, monitors and TVs
  • FreecycleSeattle for donating useful household items
  • Use a search engine to look up “Thrift Stores.”

General resale