Clothes and home textiles

Clothes and home textiles can be recycled, including pairs of shoes and accessories like belts and bags.

Weekly collection

To recycle your old clothes and home textiles put them into one standard size plastic carrier bag, tied up so that they keep dry and leave it next to your rubbish or recycling bin on your collection day.

Please don’t put them in a black bin bag or in your recycling bin.

If you live in a flat your service may be different.


What can I recycle?

All clothes and home textiles 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
  • Pairs of shoes
  • Accessories like belts and bags

No thanks

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

What if I have more than one bag to recycle?

There is limited space on the collection vehicles so we can only pick up one carrier bag at a time. If you’ve had a clear-out you can usually take your clothes and home textiles to a recycling centre or bank instead.

All Surrey community recycling centres (CRCs) will be open from 1 August, but some are only accepting certain types of waste.

Residents should only use the CRCs if they absolutely need to as social distancing measures mean the number of people allowed on sites at any one time is limited. Please check for the latest information before you travel as current opening arrangements are subject to change. Please see individual site information for further details.

For full information on opening dates and times, and waste types accepted at each site, please check Surrey County Council’s website.


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.