We Recycle Textiles

Flat Can Recycling now accepts clothing and textiles for recycling!


Do you have bags of clothes that are too worn out for donating to Goodwill or Savers, spools of fabric lying around that you know you’re never going to use, or towels full of holes that you’ve just replaced with fluffy new ones?

Flat Can Recycling is proud to announce that in collaboration with our partner eWorks, we’re now accepting clothing, shoes, accessories, bedding, towels, toys, purses, and rags (in any condition) for recycling at our Municipal Marking Distribution (MMD) dropsite!

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Why recycle your used, old, or unwanted clothing and textiles?

As “fast fashion” has become the norm over the past few decades, the clothing and textile industry has become the third largest polluter on the planet. The US alone produces over 17 million tons of textile waste every year, and 1 in 2 people throw their unwanted clothes in the trash. All textiles emit greenhouse gasses as they decompose in landfills, which takes decades.

What happens to recycled clothing and textiles?

Thankfully, there’s a way to divert clothing and other textiles from landfills, and responsibly recycle them. When you drop off these items at the MMD warehouse, we’ll bring them to our recycling partner, eWorks, where they’ll be sorted and processed in the following manner:

  1. Designer clothes will be laundered and sold.
  2. Clothes in good repair that don’t meet designer requirements will be laundered and sold wholesale in batches.
  3. Textiles in bad repair will be processed for cleaning/painting rags.
  4. Other textiles will be bailed and reused as insulation, packing material, and floor carpet manufacturing.


Where to recycle your textiles

Simply stop by our 17 Galligan Road drop site in Gilberts, IL. Visit us between 7 AM and 4 PM, Monday – Friday.

Recycling textiles with us is free.