Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of Palo Alto

What do I do with:



Clothing - Poor Condition

Clothes and linens (towels, bedding, rags) that are ripped and/or stained, or pieces of textiles that can be turned into rags or shredded for recycling.

Consider repair, stain removal and creative reuse before donation to an organization for reuse or recycling (rag and textile shredding).

Click here to learn more about clothing repair, stain removal for clothing and linens (DIY & non-toxic cleaners), and donation/recycling programs.


Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Goodwill San Francisco Bay Reuse Free Drop-off Clean and dry
Northface Outlet 1238 Fifth St Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off, Buyback Drop-off Accepts Northface apparel and gear only for Renewed processing. See website.Join XPLR Pass™ and when you trade in your old gear, you’ll receive a $10 credit, valid online and in stores*.
St. Vinnie's of Lane County Oregon (SVDP) Recycling Warehouse Drop-off
135 N. Cleveland St
Eugene Reuse Free Pick-up Large quantity. Clothing that is donated but not valuable or sellable is given a second chance at life with our rag recycling program! St. Vincent de Paul sells wiping rags, cut from cotton tee shirts and clothing that we are unable to sell.
Recycle for Change 1081 Essex Ave Richmond Reuse Free Drop-off, Mail-in for a Fee Give Back Box ($15) - Pack up to 70 pounds of your items in a box.
Berkeley Recycling Center 669 Gilman St.
(corner of 2nd & Gilman)
Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Bag clean and dry garments.
Retold Recycling 12855 Runway Rd
Suite 2209
Los Angeles Reuse Mail-in for a Fee Accepts clean ripped, stained, worn fabric/clothing is resold on the textile market, for the rags market or carpet padding/seat stuffing.
Green Earth Dry Cleaner Locator 51 West 135th Street Kansas City Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Online locator for green dry cleaning
Fybraa South Gate Reuse Mail-in for a Fee Paid clothing service that separates usable items to resell on poshmark and recycles the rest.
Suay Sew Shop 2915 Knox Ave Los Angeles Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Mail-in Clean condition for community reuse racks. (Not accepted items: undergarments, socks, shoes, hats, children's clothing)
Hacienda Cleaners 4550-D Tassajara Rd Dublin Repair Drop-off for a Fee Cleaning
College of Alameda Apparel Design & Merchandising Program 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pkwy Alameda Repair Drop-off for a Fee instruction in alteration and repair
Thanhson Fashion Studio 10060 San Pablo Ave El Cerrito Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Maisilk 886 Colusa Ave Berkeley Repair Drop-off for a Fee Tailoring
Great American Cleaners 215 El Cerrito Rd El Cerrito Repair Drop-off for a Fee, Pick-up for a Fee Fee for service, free pick up & delivery.
Custom Cleaners & Alterations 1988 Lewelling Blvd San Leandro Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Sparklizing Cleaners 5200 Mowry Ave Fremont Repair Drop-off for a Fee Cleaning
Doan's Tailor Shop 725 Washington St Oakland Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Uni Tailor 2013 University Ave Berkeley Repair Drop-off for a Fee tailor and alterations
Maria's Alteration 116 Garcia Ave San Leandro Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Happy Gift & Clothing Alterations 1504 Hesperian Blvd San Leandro Repair Drop-off for a Fee

Curbside Service

Bulky Pickup Special Action Note
Castro Valley Sanitary District
Collect clean and dry materials in a large plastic bag to keep it clean during collection for recycling for Bulky Pick-up and Textile Pick-ups, which are held 2x/yr (first full wk of June/Oct). set bags or boxes of dry (no biowaste) textiles by blue cart.
Clean and dry. See Textile Collection Program details.Collect clean and dry materials in a large plastic bag to keep it clean during collection for reuse or recycling twice a year (first full wk of June/Oct). Set bags or boxes of dry (no biowaste) textiles by blue cart.
Place clean, dry items in clear bags for donation. Donate clean, dry items to large thrifts for rag market or recycling into carpet padding, automotive stuffing, or the like.
Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
During the first week of every January, April, July, October, gently used household textiles (sheets, towels, etc.) and clothing will be collected and donated to a local charity. Items should be clean and placed in a tightly tied clear bag next to the recyclables cart on your collection day. Receipts not provided.
San Leandro
San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Union City

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