Bag your unwanted clothes, shoes and textiles

Published: Thursday, 22nd June 2017

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 June/July 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 last 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 40 tonnes of textiles from landfill on its first two rounds. 

The textiles collected in this next round of collections in June/July 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 rounds of textile collections were 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”. 

Cllr Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:
“We want to make sure that this clothing and textiles are reused, instead of ending up in black bins and sent to landfill. Look out for the bag and tag on your blue bins!”

During the last collections in January we received several reports from residents about their bags of clothes and textiles being stolen before we arrived to collect them. This time around, where possible, the Police will be operating high visibility patrols in the areas we are collecting. Residents are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to the Police using 101, making sure you take down any important information such as vehicle registration numbers.