Where to Recycle Clothes And Shoes

SPRING!  I love feeling the warm sun, hearing birds sing and seeing the flowers bloom.  I also love cleaning out the closets!  Putting away the boots, snow pants, heavy jackets and sweaters!  And cleaning out what I know won’t fit next year.  But where do you take the stuff?  Whether you are willing to take them to a specific location or want the convenience of putting them out on your door step, I have an option for you.

Good Condition 

The Lowell Wish Project is a local organization that helps those in need in the Merrimack Valley area.  Donations go directly to the individuals who request them through their social workers or other agencies.  For this reason, the items donated need to be in good condition.  They have needs for clothing for babies through very large adults. Normally Lowell Wish only needs casual clothing, however with Easter coming, they will accept dresses and suit through April 23.  Lowell Wish accepts many other items including blankets, sheets, mattresses, furniture, and baby gear.  See their website for full details.
Drop off at 1 A Foundry St. Lowell  Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat. 9am – 2pm, 

The WFN is accepting CHILDREN’S (baby thru teen) clothing for their Spring Clothing Sale.  The sale will be part of the Roudenbush Town Wide Yard Sale on the Abbot School Lawn On April 30.
Where: Locations around Westford – 45 Pleasant St., 13 Depot St. , 47 Providence Rd. , 15 Villanova Dr.

Big Brother Big Sister works to provide children with one-to-one friendships with adult mentors.  Your donations are sold to thrift stores.  The money supports their many programs. BBBS accepts many items including stuffed animals, toys, small appliances and more.
Where:  Your house.  BBBS will pick up donations.  See website to arrange a pickup.

Priceless Prom (Prom and Bridesmaid Dresses)
Priceless Prom helps girls find dresses for the Prom.  They accept Prom and Bridesmaid dresses  within the 3 year fashion range.

Suitability  (Women’s Professional Clothing)
Suitability is committed to helping women become self sufficient and economically independent. They provide interview clothing, free of charge, for women applying for positions at any level.  Clothing must be ready to wear.
Where: 536 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell;  By appointment.  Call 978-934-8898.

Not So Good Condition 

Re-purpose Clothing into:
  • Cleaning Cloths – Cut up old T-Shirts or other appropriate material to use in place of a paper towel.  They work so much better.
  • Reusable Napkins – I made my children tie dye T-Shirts years ago. When they outgrew them, I just couldn’t get rid of them.  So I cut them up and made napkins.  Now, when I wipe my mouth, I smile.

Public Clothing Drop Boxes
Once you are set on napkins and rags, you can drop unwearable clothing at the Public Clothing Drops around town.  I had a hard time confirming this, but it is my understanding that the company who owns these bins sorts the clothes.  The wearable ones are sold to thrift stores.  Unwearable items are sold in bulk to companies that shred them for other uses.

Where:  Old Nab Preschool, Abbot School

Flip Flops 
Old Navy has teamed up with TerraCycle to upcycle old flip flops into playgrounds.
Where: Collection bins at Old Navy through May 21st.

Running Shoes  
Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program takes any brand old, worn out athletic shoes and recycles them into playground surfaces.  
Where: Nike Outlet at the Wrentham Outlet
Converse Community Store North Andover

Have You Started Cleaning Out?  Do You Try to Donate or Repurpose what you can?

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3 Responses to Where to Recycle Clothes And Shoes

  1. fit cat April 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Linens, towels,sheets, pillow cases, bedspreads, blankets can all be used at the MSPCA in Methuen. You can drop off there or by the whole body fitness spa, 270 Littleton rd, Unit 31 cheryl@thewholebodyspa.com in westford by appointment (as i can only accommodate a trunk load per week).

  2. groovygreenlivin.com April 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    Thank you, thank you for this great list! And the addition too. Really appreciate it.

  3. The Greening Of Westford April 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    Thank you fit cat! Good to know, since I will be attacking my basement in the next few weeks and I am sure I will find items for the MSPCA.

    You are most welcome groovygreenlivin!

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