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You can put clothes, shoes, and household textiles in your garbage can, but reuse and recycling are best.
Goes in garbage:
  • Items that are wet, mildewed or heavily-soiled.
As of October 2014, the following organizations have confirmed that they will take your worn-out textiles. They might still be updating their websites to reflect this new recycling policy. Use these links to find the most convenient drop box, collection truck, thrift store, or curbside service.
Do not put these items in your curbside recycling bin:
  • Clothing: ripped, torn or missing buttons, snaps or zippers
  • Shoes: paired or single
  • Socks: matched, mismatched or with holes
  • Soft toys
  • Backpacks
  • Linens such as sheets, blankets, towels and tablecloths
  • Curtains and throw rugs
Worn-out, ripped, or mismatched items can be remade into new products such as industrial wiping rags, insulation and carpet padding.
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