If a discarded piece of clothing finds its way into the rubbish bin, this represents an unnecessary waste of resources. This is because clothing often has a second life.

What?

These items belong in the collection

Intact and clean clothing, as well as pairs of shoes tied together.

These items do not belong in the collection

Damaged and dirty clothes.

Important

Are you unable to mend your clothes or sell them at a clothing exchange? If so, we recommend that you recycle your old items of clothing.

Where?

Places where you can dispose of clothing

You can put bags of clothes into clothes containers or hand them in at a street collection point.

How?

How clothes are recycled

Real handwork: Collection organisations or specialised facilities sort the collected used clothes by hand. Up to two-thirds of the used clothing is still in good condition and wearable. The used clothing that cannot be worn again is used to make cleaning rags or as raw materials for recycling fibres or filler or insulating materials. Only a small proportion is waste that can be disposed of in an environmentally sound way.

(Source: https://www.bafu.admin.ch/bafu/en/home/topics/waste/guide-to-waste-a-z/clothing-and-shoes.html)

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