Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
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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.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Goodwill (Dublin) 7232 Regional St Dublin Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts clean ripped, stained, worn fabric/clothing is resold on the textile market, for the rags market or carpet padding/seat stuffing.
Retold Recycling 12855 Runway Rd
Suite 2209
Los Angeles Recycle 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.
Salvation Army Donation Dropbox (Oakland -4000 Redwood Rd) 4000 Redwood Road Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts clean ripped, stained, worn fabric/clothing is resold on the textile market, for the rags market or carpet padding/seat stuffing.
H&M (3521 20th Ave.) - Collection Box 3521 20th Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Up to 2 shopping bags of clothes and accessories per day. Accepts any brand. Collection bin by cash register. Receive 15% off 1 item for each bag brought in.
El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center 7501 Schmidt Ln. El Cerrito Recycle Free Drop-off Clean clothing, scrap shoes and all textiles can be bagged and placed in the USAgain green and white bins. Including: torn and/or stained condition pillows, towels, sheets, and machine washable rugs.
Goodwill (Richmond) 12341 San Pablo Avenue Richmond Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts clean salvage quality textiles.
Goodwill (Livermore) 1374 Railroad Ave Livermore Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts clean ripped, stained, worn fabric/clothing is resold on the textile market, for the rags market or carpet padding/seat stuffing.
Blue Jeans Go Green 400 East Ray Road Chandler Recycle Free Drop-off, Free Mail-in Denim. Must be at least 90% cotton, no hangers, stickers, tags or plastic attached.
Smartwool Sock Recycling: Drop-off & Mail-in Recycle Free Drop-off, Free Mail-in, Mail-in for a Fee Socks only! 1. Clean, ripped, old, torn socks only, please 2. All brands, colors, sizes, and materials welcome (we’re not picky) 3. No rolled or paired socks, bags, rubber bands, paper clips (just single socks).
Salvation Army Donation Dropbox (2650 Durant Ave.) 2650 Durant Ave. Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts clean ripped, stained, worn fabric/clothing is resold on the textile market, for the rags market or carpet padding/seat stuffing.
H&M (845 Market St.) - Collection Box 845 Market St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Up to 2 shopping bags of clothes and accessories per day. Accepts any brand. Collection bin by cash register. Receive 15% off 1 item for each bag brought in.
Mountain View Recycling Center 935 Terra Bella Ave Mountain View Recycle Free Drop-off Only Mountain View residents can recycle this here.
Goodwill (Pleasant Hill) 1699 Contra Costa Boulevard,
Gregory Village Shopping Center
Pleasant Hill Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts clean salvage quality textiles.
Goodwill (Albany) 505 San Pablo Ave Albany Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts clean ripped, stained, worn fabric/clothing is resold on the textile market, for the rags market or carpet padding/seat stuffing.
Bay Rag 201 San Jose Ave San Jose Recycle Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up, Buyback Pick-up No underwear.
Ambercycle 3045 East 11th St Los Angeles Recycle Mail-in for a Fee Ship bulk quantity textiles for recycling. Manufacturers can acquire finished recycled fibers and yarns.
Material Return 647 Hopewell Road Morganton Recycle Mail-in for a Fee Commercial quantity from organizations and businesses for paid textile diversion.
Salvation Army Donation Dropbox (Oakland -4500 Redwood Rd) 4500 Redwood Rd. Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts clean ripped, stained, worn fabric/clothing is resold on the textile market, for the rags market or carpet padding/seat stuffing.
USAgain (at Rank Quick Serve on Mission St) 4199 Mission St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry. All textiles deposited into bin should be in closed plastic bags.
Recycle for Change (Angel Wash House) 5205 3rd St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry; bagged to stay clean and dry.

Curbside Service

Bulky Pickup Special Action Note
Alameda
Albany
Berkeley
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.
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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.
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Dublin
Emeryville
Fremont
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.
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Hayward
Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
Livermore
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.
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Newark
Oakland
Piedmont
Pleasanton
San Leandro
San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Union City

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