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

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
Salvation Army Store 525 E. 18th St. Antioch Recycle Free Drop-off Bag poor condition textiles for recycling. Accepts clean ripped, stained, worn fabric/clothing is resold on the textile market, for the rags market or carpet padding/seat stuffing.
San Jose Bay Rag Co. 201 San Jose Ave. San Jose Recycle Free Drop-off Call first
Sarah Marie's Sewing School The Avenues San Bruno Repair Drop-off for a Fee Instruction in alteration and repair
Savvy Cleaners 35 Laguna St San Francisco Repair Drop-off for a Fee, Pick-up for a Fee Green cleaning and dry cleaning and repair service. Local free pick up and drop off service.
Sentient Engine Makerspace 2630 Union St Oakland Repair On-site for a Fee Makerspace with sewing bay to DIY repairs or create your own clothing, textile art, etc.
Sew Much The Better 2608 Ashby Ave Berkeley Repair Drop-off for a Fee Fine tailoring, alterations and custom sewing
Shirley's Designs & Alterations 3405 Lakeshore Ave Oakland Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Shoreway Environmental Center (SEC) 333 Shoreway Road San Carlos Recycle Free Drop-off Public Recycling Center
Smart Cleaners 3330 Village Drive
Castro Valley Repair Drop-off for a Fee Cleaning and alterations
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).
Solano Cleanette Services 1425 Solano Ave Albany Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Soma Cleaners 1208 Lincoln Ave Alameda Repair Pick-up for a Fee
Sparklizing Cleaners 5200 Mowry Ave Fremont Repair Drop-off for a Fee Cleaning
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.
Stitches Alameda - Custom Sewing & Alterations 2537 Santa Clara Ave Alameda Repair Drop-off for a Fee
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)
Tailor it! By Gabriel Escobar 644 40th St Suite 202 Oakland Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Thanhson Fashion Studio 10060 San Pablo Ave El Cerrito Repair Drop-off for a Fee
The Cobblery 410 S California Ave Palo Alto Repair Drop-off for a Fee, Mail-in for a Fee Repairs: Bags, zippers, shoes, leather items
The Mending Collective 1037 57th St Oakland Repair Free Mail-in Informational Website. Mending collective. See website for upcoming events to join or workshops to have them host. Instagram: @mending_collective

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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