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Disposal of used clothing, too old or damaged to donate to charity


Hello, does anyone know the correct (environmentally speaking) way of disposing of old clothes that are too worn and damaged to donate to charity please? I am having a huge clear-out and have three large sacks full! Is there some sort of rag bag scheme in Brussels? Thank you!


There are loads of clothes recycling boxes all over the place.

What you consider worn and damaged may not be to a charity. They will take most textiles. And the larger charities will have ways to dispose of stuff that they consider bad quality. e.g. they can sell in bulk or even give away to merchants who specialize in waste textiles.

Otherwise clothing should just go in general waste.

May 11, 2018 16:31

Thanks for your response! Much appreciated.

So you would advise putting them in a Petit Riens box for example? These are clothes that have holes in the arms or knees, or have been worn so much and stretched that they are no longer wearable - even the fabric is worn.

The reason I am asking again is that I thought that charity shops hated having to sort through unwearable rags? I am prepared to be told I am wrong though!

May 11, 2018 16:49

Fabric gets sold for recycling. Even rags are worth something.

May 11, 2018 17:57

Don’t your local container park have a fabric recycling bank?

May 12, 2018 17:45