Clothing, Shoe and Textile Collection

Our twice yearly doorstep recycling service is one of the many ways you can give your old clothing, shoes and textiles a new lease of life.

Look out for your tag and bag which will be attached to your blue recycling bin, in Spring and Autumn. You have two weeks to fill up your bag before you put it back out wth your recycling bins on your next recycling collection day.

A local Textile Recycling Company will collect your bag and your old textiles will be sent for reuse or recycled into something new.

It couldn't be simpler

Alt text: Infographic on the recycling clothing project,

What we CAN take What we CANNOT take
  • All clothing
  • Paired shoes & socks
  • Paired boots, wellies & slippers
  • Hats, scarves & gloves 
  • Coats & jackets
  • Woolen items
  • Handbags & belts 
  • Clean underwear 
  • Bed linen & blankets 
  • Sheets & pillow cases 
  • Curtains 
  • Table cloths 
  • Towels & tea towels 
  • Stuffed toys
  • Quilts 
  • Duvets 
  • Pillows 
  • Cushions 
  • Sleeping bags 
  • Rags (Clothing not in a wearable state)

Books and DVDs can also be placed out in a separate clear bag and we will take these away to be recycled too.

Why are we doing it?
Past analysis of rubbish bins in Kettering Borough revealed hundreds of tonnes of clothing and textiles end up in landfill every year. This costs the Kettering taxpayer thousands of pounds in disposal fees. It is this material that the project aims to capture.

What about charity shops / textile recycling banks?
Kettering Borough Council recognises and supports the work undertaken by charity organisations to reuse and recycle unwanted clothes and textiles. We therefore strongly urge you to continue to donate to charity shops or your local textile banks where you would normally do so. We are simply asking residents to help us collect the hundreds of tones of textiles that are currently ending up in the black bin.

What happens to the textiles?
The textiles collected will be sent to a reputable reprocessing company where they will be sorted for onward use. The good quality textiles will then be sent for reuse and the other materials will be shredded and used as stuffing or industrial wipes.