Make them recycle ready

To ensure clothing is resaleable, make sure they are:

  • clean and not stained
  • not covered in animal fur
  • not torn or frayed.

Where do your recycled clothes go?

The resaleable clothing that you donate to charities and second-hand retailers will be re-sold at stores and op-shops. In many cases, the profits will go to charity. Check with the store if you are unsure.

Non-resaleable clothing you provide to retailers such as H&M, Zara and Manrags, will be donated or recycled and transformed into new fabrics or materials, such as insulation for cars.

Waste and recycling during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Household waste and recycling collections will continue as normal.

In metro Melbourne, council waste and recycling facilities are not open to the public. These facilities include collection, treatment, disposal and transfer stations. They will remain open for commercial contractors only.

In regional Victoria, facilities are open. Visitors must follow all directions and instructions for maintaining a COVIDSafe environment.

If you have unwanted items at home, hold onto them until these facilities re-open. For other options, check the waste and recycling advice for your local council area.

For more information on the roadmap across Victoria please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Want to recycle something else?

Search for another item to find out if it can go in your home recycling bin or if it needs to be dropped off somewhere else.