Tackling textiles

Last year alone it cost West Sussex tax payers £1.7 million to dispose of textiles binned by their owners. Just over 1,000 tonnes of textiles were thrown into rubbish bins at home throughout Mid Sussex and nearly 4,000 tonnes into the general household waste containers at the Household Waste Recycling Sites, even though most of these textiles could have been repaired, reused or recycled.

This year we, as part of the wider West Sussex Waste Partnership, are asking you to help us with tackling textiles and re-use, repair or recycle them instead.

Did you know, if you throw textiles away, you are actually paying for them twice?

  1. When you buy them
  2. When you bin them: the West Sussex Waste Partnership has to pay to dispose of your textiles - and that money comes from your council tax

Think before you throw

There are various ways you can help tackle textiles:

Join us at our Clothes Swap / Textiles Event

See details of our Clothes Swap/Textiles Event

Organise your own Clothes Swishing Event

Coming Soon - Our guide which gives you all the information you need to run your own clothes swapping ('Swishing') event 

Repair, Re-use, Recycle

For more great information on caring and repairing for your clothes, handy tutorials on refashion and upcycling visit these websites:

Where to take unwanted clothes / textiles

If you can’t reuse them yourself there is no need to throw clothes / textiles away. Below are some great ideas on how to dispose of them.

Sell online through websites such as ebay, Preloved, Gumtree or Facebook.

Donate to local charities. To find your nearest local charity shop visit the Charity Retail Association

Recycle all clothes and textiles, even if they are past their best. Can you re-use them for something else? i.e. cut up old t-shirts for cleaning clothes or alternatively take them to your nearest bring bank site

Clothes Swap / Textiles Event


St Richards Church Hall, Sydney Road, Haywards Heath


20 February (half term). Doors open from 10.30am until 1.30pm


Have a clear out and bring good quality clothes and accessories (things you’d be happy to give to a friend). Bring up to 10 items and for each one you bring, you get a token that you can exchange for another item.

  • Old clothes = Tokens
  • Tokens = New clothes

Throughout the event you can learn how to perform simple fixes to your clothes or join one of our fun textile crafting workshops. You do not need to register in advance but as the event operates a 'first-come, first-served' basis you may need to queue up on arrival.

Our event poster gives full details, or find our event on Facebook @midsussexdistrictcouncil. Get further information on how the event works and what is included in the event.

Last updated: 30 January 2019