Recycle clothes and textiles

Do you often find your wardrobe filled with unloved and unworn clothes that you may wish to dispose of?

Around Hackney, there are 90 clothing banks where you can dispose of your unwanted textiles responsibly by donating them to our partnering charities:

What can I donate?

  • clothes (any kind, all styles)
  • shoes (paired)
  • accessories (ie bags, scarves, hats etc)
  • linen (ie curtains, towels, bed sheets)

What can’t I donate?

  • no duvets or pillows
  • no overly damaged or stained clothes

What happens to my donations?

Clothes and textiles in good condition will be donated and sold for re-use in charity shops.

Items that aren’t suitable for donations can be recycled and made into new items, such as padding for chairs and car seats or industrial blankets.

So instead of putting your unloved clothes in the rubbish bin, you can give them a second chance in a new home.

Clothes and textile recycling banks

Red hangers show clothes banks.

Book a free collection of unwanted clothes direct from your door

Our partner charity, TRAID, offers a free home collection service for unwanted clothes. You might choose this option if you’ve recently had a clear out or have a large number of unwanted clothes to donate. Your home collection will be scheduled for a time to suit you. Book your free home collection online now.

Tips and videos on how to repair and recycle your clothes

You can also visit Love Your Clothes for useful tips and videos on how to repair and recycle your clothes.

Order recycling products

Page updated on: 6 July 2020

Hackney Recycling


Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


Opening times

  • Phone line: Mon to Fri: 8am - 5pm