Keep Clothing & Household Items Out of Landfills

Recycle Local's textile and small household item recycling programs keep millions of pounds of reusable materials out of our nation's landfills each year. This is not only a win for the environment, but also a huge win for our recycling partners' job programs that employ: Special Needs Individuals, Native Americans and Local businesses & non-profits.

Free Easy Fundraisers

Free Easy Fundraisers

Raise Funds in 5 Easy Steps

Did You Know

Currently 85% of recyclable textile, apparel & household items go straight into our landfills and the majority of people don’t know they can recycle those unused textiles & household items and help reduce the negative impact on the environment.

Free Easy Fundraisers - Step One

We will work with your organization to pick a launch date, identify ideal drop off location at your facility for recycled items and all aspects of planning your event.

Free Easy Fundraisers - Step Two

Your organization promotes your fundraising event via all available channels such as e-mail newsletters, fliers, social media, website, radio, newspaper, etc.

Free Easy Fundraisers - Step Three

People bring unwanted clothing, textiles, apparel (shoes, belts, purses, etc), sporting goods & household items to the designated recycling location for your fundraiser.

The goal is to collect as much as possible!

Free Easy Fundraisers - Step Four

Upon completion of your fundraising event F&S will pick up the items that you collected and take them to a certified scale for official weighing.

Free Easy Fundraisers - Step Five

Receive Your Funds!

A check is then issued to your organization for the current market rate per pound.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Do the Items Go?

Currently 85% of these items go to our landfills. We are a recycling company with the primary goal of keeping these items out of our landfills. Below is a general outline of how we handle diverted secondary materials & recycled textile items.

45% of diverted secondary materials and recycled textiles are distributed in the US & globally based on the needs of groups, organizations and agencies.

30% become wiping and polishing cloths used in commercial and industrial settings.

20% is reprocessed into fibers for furniture stuffing, upholstery, insulation, sound proofing, carpet padding, building and other materials.

5% is unusable and not fit for recycling

Donate, Recycle, Don’t Throw Away!

Unacceptable Items

The following items cannot be accepted: Carpets, Rugs, Mattresses, Oil Rags, Wet or Items with Signs of Mold or Mildew.

Acceptable Items for Your Fundraiser

Product Category Definitions

The following listing is not all-inclusive and is intended to provide clarification of the types of product collected assigned to the stated categories for accounting purposes.


  • Clothing General Description: Categories include clothing, shoes, accessories, and bed & bath items.
  • Clothing: Men’s, Women’s, Children’s
  • Clothing Accessories: Hats, Mitts, Scarves, Ties, Nylons, Socks, Underwear
  • Personal Accessories: Purses, Wallets, Fanny Packs, Bags, Belts, Back Packs
  • Bed and Bath: Towels, Sheets, Blankets, Pillows, Curtains, Tablecloths
  • Shoes: All types


  • Toys, Games, Puzzles, Jewelry, Crafts, Mugs, Pots, Pans, Candles, Pictures/Frames, Utensils, Small Garden Tools, China Cups, Vases, Dishes, Cutlery, Stuffed Animals, Glassware, Silverware, Stemware, Baskets, Ornaments, Hand Tools

Small Electrical

  • Toasters, Radio, Power Tools, Irons, Blenders, Mixers, Small Stereos, CD Players

NOT TO EXCEED 10% of Fundraiser Overall: Books General Description: Category includes all books (hardback and paperback) records, tapes, CD’s, videos, DVD’s and computer software.

Weapons and explosives, hazardous waste, construction materials, flammable products, large appliances, automobile parts, food, mattresses, box springs, large console televisions. Please refer to the “DO NOT ACCEPT LIST”

This List may be changed and/or modified as needed to accommodate business needs and trends. Recycle Local LLC reserves the right to refuse items listed above which do not meet reasonable conditions.