New Textile Recycling Donation Drop Box Available at Fire Station No. 2

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) is introducing a new clothing and textiles recycling program, set to launch the first week of April. This new program continues “60% recycling rate” goal, which encourages Lake County residents to recycle at least 60% of their waste and unwanted products. The nearest drop off location is a donation box located in the parking lot of Fire Station #2 (6581 Dada Drive).

In the U.S., textile and clothing waste is a significant problem. The EPA estimates that the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year. An estimated 85% of clothing and textiles end up in landfills, making up 5-10% of all waste and consuming significant landfill space. SWALCO’s new clothing and textile recycling program will allow almost 95% of the materials collected to be repurposed or recycled.

Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing in new, gently used, used or unwanted/worn condition will be accepted. Clothing or textiles with stains or holes will also be accepted. The following items will be accepted during this collection:

CLOTHING AND TEXTILES RECYCLING - ACCEPTED ITEMS:
CLOTHING ITEMS CLOTHING ACCESSORIES
Blouses and shirts Backpacks
Coats and jackets Belts
Hats Purses and handbags
Pants and jeans Tote Bags
Scarves  
Socks HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES
Suits and tuxedos Bedspreads, duvets, comforters, sheets, blankets, quilts
Sweaters Curtains
Swimsuits Drapes
Ties Sofa Covers
Undergarments Towels and washcloths

PLEASE NOTE: Any unwanted shoes can be donated to SWALCO’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. Please see the SWALCO website for more information and drop-off locations.

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED:
Wet, smelly, or moldy items Mattresses
Carpet Pillows
Cushions Rugs
Foam furniture and foam mats Sleeping Bags
Large Luggage Vinyl Shower Curtains