Recycle your unwanted textiles

Published: Monday, 19th December 2016

Kettering Borough confirms next round of textile collections

Kettering Borough Council has confirmed the next round of clothing and textile collections will take place in January 2017. Residents will have a bag and a tag attached to their blue bin with instructions on what should be placed inside the bag. The bag should then be placed next to residents blue bins on their next recycling collection day (two weeks later). 
The council carried out a waste analysis this year and found that a large amount of clothing and textiles were being put into residents black and blue bins, all of this could have been donated to charity shops or recycled at local bring banks; instead it was put into residents’ bins at home and ended up at landfill. This led to the introduction of the council’s twice yearly clothing and textile collection service, which successfully diverted 22 tonnes of textiles from landfill on its first round. 

The textiles collected in this next round of collections in January will be sent to a reputable reprocessing company where they will be sorted. The good quality textiles will then be sent for reuse and the other materials will be shredded and used as stuffing or industrial wipes.

Find out more about the new Clothes and Textile Recycling Service, including what can be recycled, at

Brendan Coleman, Head of Environmental Care at Kettering Borough Council, said: 
“The first round of textile collections was a great success so let’s try and make this one even better. Please continue to donate to charity shops or your local textile banks as normal. It’s those textiles that end up in the black bin that we want to collect, to stop costing the Kettering taxpayer thousands of pounds in disposal fees”. 

Christmas Collections

The only collections affected this year will be those that would have taken place on Monday 26th December (Boxing Day). Those collections will instead take place on Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve). Please present your bins by 6:30am on Saturday instead of the Monday this year. No other collections will be affected over the Christmas period. 

We can recycle your real Christmas Tree again this year! Put your tree out for collection with your recycling bins on your recycling collection day in January. Don’t forget to recycle your Christmas Cards in your red box as well.