Bin your bra for breast cancer research. Look for the pink Breast Cancer Now bra banks at our Household Waste Recycling Centres.
Textile recycling banks have been provided, in partnership with Nathan's Wastesavers, to recycle textiles and reduce the amount going to landfill. Please do not place any textiles in your blue, purple or brown recycling bins.
What textiles can be recycled at a collection facility?
- all clean clothes
- shoes, boots, slippers (in pairs, tied together or in a bag)
- hats, scarves, gloves
- tights, stockings
- bed linen, blankets, sheets, pillowcases
- clean underwear
- towels, tea towels
They will not accept:
- sleeping bags
- stuffed toys
- wet, dirty or oily items
- uniform clothing (items with school or company logos)
Charity shops and collection organisations
North Ayrshire Council supports the work undertaken by charity organisations (PDF, 112kb) to re-use and recycle unwanted clothes and textiles. Please continue to donate to charity shops, your local textile recycling banks or a verified charitable collection service where available.
School Uniform Recycling Initiatives
Most of our primary and secondary schools or parent councils offer some form of uniform recycling service, where items can be swapped, bought for a reduced price or obtained for free.
Please contact your local school office for details on Uniform Recycling initiatives that may be available.
What happens to the textiles?
Good quality textiles may be sold in charity shops or sent for re-use. Lower quality materials are shredded and used for industrial wipes, sound proofing for the automotive industry, carpets, underlay and mattress linings.
Beware of textile thieves
When using a charitable organisation's collection service, try to ensure that your bag of textiles is collected by the appropriate organisation.