What do I do with… textiles?

Textiles video on phone

Textiles sometimes appear in people’s recycling bins, but they can’t be recycled at Hampshire County Council’s recycling centres (where we take the contents of your bin).

They’ll be separated out and taken elsewhere to be burned for power with other household waste. 

Find out about recycling contamination

The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of annual global carbon emissions and is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply.

Extending the life of clothes by just nine months of active use would reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by 20-30% for each garment. 

When you no longer want your clothes, you do have several options. You could: 

  • Buy from a circular company who will take back your old clothes for repair or recycling
  • Sell unwanted clothes through secondhand sites like Ebay or Vinted
  • Give clothes to someone who will use them, like giving old school uniform to your kids’ school
  • Donate clothes to a local charity shop
  • Drop them into a local textile recycling bank 

Make a difference by sharing our textiles video 

Thanks to everyone who has shared our other videos and commented on the posts.

We’ve published our ‘what do I do with… textiles’ video on our social media channels, so please share it with friends and family in the district.


Encourage your friends and neighbours in East Hampshire to sign up to our bin updates so they can hear about any issues with collections and learn more about collections in East Hampshire.

You can find out what can (and can’t) go in your bins on our website.

You can also find your bin calendar there.