It is estimated that charitable organizations collect only 25% of the 4 million tons of used textiles discarded annually in the United States. In an effort to keep these materials out of the landfill, King County is partnering with Northwest Center, a local non-profit agency, to offer textile recycling at the Bow Lake, Cedar Falls, Enumclaw, Houghton, Renton, Shoreline and Vashon transfer stations. Textile collection bins are located in the free primary recycling areas at each station. To find additional companies and organizations that accept textiles for reuse or recycling, visit the What Do I Do With…? site.
Textiles accepted at participating King County transfer stations:
- Bedding (No Mattresses)
- Stuffed Animals
- Area Rugs
Items are accepted in any condition except wet, mildewed or contaminated with hazardous materials. Singles of items that are normally paired up, such as shoes and socks, are also accepted.