Usable or Damaged Clothes and Shoes

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers!

Can you recycle clothing, shoes and textiles?

Yes! Don’t put textiles in the garbage! There are many ways to keep clothing, shoes and textiles out of the City landfills.

Donate usable clothing and shoes to local charities or drop-off charity bins near you.
  • Be sure to contact them first to find out what types are accepted.
  • If the charity bin is full, don’t leave it outside – only materials in the bins are accepted. Instead, hang onto your donation or take it to another bin.
Here’s a list of local charities! Contact them first before going. There may be ongoing restrictions due to the pandemic:
Recycle clothing and textiles for free at a City landfill, even if it’s damaged.
  • The Throw ‘N’ Go areas accept a variety of textiles including outerwear, shoes, reusable shopping bags, purses and backpacks, and more.
  • Just make sure fabrics are clean and dry and place items in a bag before dropping off.
  • If you bring other garbage in your load, landfill charges will apply.
Repurpose old cotton shirts by cutting into rags for household chores such as cleaning or automotive work.
  • Textiles also make great projects and crafts with many patterns available online: sew quilts from denim and flannel, handkerchiefs from old t-shirts, or cushion covers from curtains.
Learn about different carts here:

The City of Calgary is organizing a free public waste & recycling presentation on Tuesday, February 2, 2021: https://calgarylibrary.ca/events-and-programs/programs/lets-talk-about-food-waste/

The City of Calgary has a residential recycling and disposal search tool. Check out the “What Goes Where” list here: https://www.calgary.ca/uep/wrs/what-goes-where/a-to-z-listing.html#P

Word of the Day

Repurpose: to give … a new purpose or use