Where to Recycle Clothing

Recycling clothing you no longer need or want can be done in several ways. Non-profit organizations can make use of it by giving it to the people they serve or selling it to fund their services. Some of the organizations listed below have locations across the country; others are located only in Worcester County. Clothing donations can generally be considered a tax deduction. Consult your tax adviser.

The non-profit Goodwill Industries has a donation location at 25 Park Avenue in Worcester, MA. Call (508) 752-4042 for information. Donations can be made from 9-5 Mondays through Saturdays and 11-4 on Sundays. Income from goods sold at Goodwill stores are put towards training disadvantaged people for new jobs.

Zoots Dry Cleaners (633 Park Ave, Worcester, MA) is an authorized Goodwill collection agency. When you bring your clothes to Zoots for donation, they will give you a Goodwill tax deduction receipt on which you can document the value of your clothes.

The Salvation Army takes clothing donations at its Worcester (72 Cambridge Street) and Spencer (120 West Main Street) locations. Pickups can be scheduled by calling 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

You can also schedule a clothing pick up through The Epilepsy Foundation. Call 1-888-322-8209 or go online to www.donatenewengland.org to schedule a convenient at your door pick up. They accept clothing for men, women, children, and infants. In addition, clothing can be donated at any Savers store location.

Dress for Success in Worcester in the Denholm Building (Suite 110, 484 Main Street, Worcester, MA) is collecting gently-used women’s business suits and separates  (clean, on hangers, and ready to wear to an employment interview) shoes, handbags and jewelry, and unopened packages of hosiery. Contact them to make drop-off arrangements.

Abby’s House Thrift Shop, 50 High Street, Worcester, MA accepts gently-used work clothing, shoes, accessories, small furniture, small household appliances, linens, and dishes. All proceeds from the sale of these items go toward funding the Abby’s House shelters and programs.

Several companies take back their own clothing for recycling.

Patagonia has created the Common Threads Garment Recycling Program, through which customers can return worn out Capilene® Performance Baselayers, Patagonia® fleece, Polartec® fleece clothing (from any maker), Patagonia cotton T-shirts, and some additional polyester and nylon 6 products that come with a Common Threads tag to Patagonia for recycling. Drop worn clothing off at any Patagonia or Performance Base Layer retailer or mail to: Patagonia Service Center, ATTN: Common Threads Recycling Program, 8550 White Fir Street, Reno, NV 89523-8939. See their website for more information about the program.

J. Jill gives 10% off a new J. Jill item for every donation of gently-worn J. Jill brand clothing you bring back to a brick and mortar store location. Items will be donated to a local charity.

Consignment shops work with you to sell your clothing for a profit for you and the store.

Pass it On Consignment in West Boylston (244 West Boylston St.) sells brand name women’s and juniors clothing. Call them at (508) 835-5858 to schedule a time to bring in your consignment offerings.

The Corner Shop takes donations and consignments. It was created in the 1960’s by the Women’s Fellowship Group of the First Congregational Church in Holden, MA. They bill themselves as “The Best Kept Secret Boutique”  – I hope I’m not spoiling it! They will take donations of clothes and consignments of clothing that is in good condition, seasonal, and worth at least a dollar. Donations that are not fit to sell are passed along to a Worcester inner-city mission. The shop is located at 1180 Main Street and is open Tuesdays 10-4, Thursdays 10-4 & 7-9.

M T pockets, 46 Main Street, Sterling MA. Call (978)422-8360 for more information.

Cutie Patutie’s consigns children’s clothing. They are located in the Johnny Appleseed Plaza, 1021 Central Street in Leominster, MA.


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