Recycle clothes, shoes and textiles

Where to take unwanted clothes, shoes and textiles, and how doing so supports the local community.

Do not put clothes, shoes or textiles in your recycling at home or your communal and shared recycling bins.

If you put the wrong things in your recycling it can spoil the rest of the good recycling you're doing.

What to do with unwanted clothes, shoes and textiles

Unwanted clothes, shoes and textiles can go to one of our many textile recycling points. 

Our textile banks can take your: 

  • useable clothing including paired socks, underwear and bras
  • hats, scarves and gloves
  • handbags and belts 
  • blankets and bedsheets 
  • footwear - in a bag, in pairs

All items must be clean and dry. We do not accept dirty or soiled items.

We also can't take duvets, pillows, cushions or curtains. 

Textile items that can’t go in our textile banks belong in your household waste bin or can be taken to our Household Waste & Recycling Sites in Brighton and in Hove 

You can also donate your items to charity shops across the city or use free sharing apps like Freegle and Olio or selling sites like Vinted.

How using our textile banks can help

Recycling and reusing textiles is good for the environment and can help us move towards a circular economy. Using our textile banks can also help the local community.

We use a company called A-Tex to manage and maintain our clothing and shoe banks.

The service is run at no cost to taxpayers. 40% of the profits go to community grants which local groups and charities can apply for. The other 60% is reinvested into some of the other 700 services we run daily. 

Textile recycling points

Textile recycling points are located at the following places:

  • Barcombe Road, opposite 46, near the corner of Newick Road, Barcombe Road, Brighton, BN1 9JQ
  • Benson Court, Ingram Crescent East, Brighton, BN3 5LY
  • Braypool Lane RSPCA Recycling Site, end of the car park, Brighton, BN1 8ZH
  • Brighton Marina Car Park, by Asda, Rottingdean, BN2 7HQ
  • Carden Avenue Recycling Site, Carden Avenue, opposite Midhurst Rise, Brighton, BN1 8LL
  • Chalky Road Recycling Site, opposite Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, Portslade, BN41 2WT
  • Clarence Square Recycling Site, corner of Cannon Place, Brighton, BN1 2FD
  • Coldean Lane Recycling Site, corner of Park Road, Brighton, BN1 9GA
  • Cowley Drive, outside 114 parade of shops, Brighton, BN2 6TD
  • Dyke Road Reservoir Recycling Site, Brighton, BN3 6PE
  • Edward Street, opposite Devonshire Place, Brighton, BN2 0JG
  • Ellen Street Recycling Site, corner of Conway Street, Hove, BN3 3WW
  • Elm Grove Recycling Site, top of Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3ET
  • Elm Grove Recycling Site, bottom of Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3LA
  • Five Ways Bring Site, Ditchling Road, corner of Preston Drove, BN1 7JE
  • Foredown Drive Recycling Site, corner of Fox Way, Portslade, BN41 2GN
  • Freshfield Way Recycling Site, corner of Freshfield Road, Brighton, BN2 0LE
  • Golf Drive Recycling site, within car park opposite 30 Golf Drive, Brighton, BN1 7LB
  • Grand Avenue, bottom and corner of Kingsway, Hove, BN3 2LF
  • Hangleton Way, opposite Poplar Avenue, Hove, BN3 8EY
  • Hanover Community Centre, Southover Street, Brighton, BN2 9UD
  • Happy Valley Car Park, Falmer Road, Brighton, BN2 6LA
  • Hollingbury Park Recycling Site, Hollingbury Way (Golf Club), Brighton, BN1 6JU
  • Kings Esplanade, King Alfred Centre Car Park, Hove Street South, BN3 2BT
  • Ladies Mile Recycling Site, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, BN1 8TA
  • Lewes Road Co-Op, outside 167 to 169 Lewes Road, near the corner of St Martin's Place, BN2 3HW
  • Leybourne Parade, corner of Taunton Road, Brighton, BN2 4LW
  • Lindfield South Street Car Park, Windlesham Close, BN41 2LE
  • Lockwood Crescent, opposite 43 to 45 Lockwood Crescent, Woodingdean, BN2 6UG
  • London Road Recycling Site, Knole Road, Brighton, BN1 6RB
  • Longhill High School, The Vale, Rottingdean, BN2 7FR
  • Lower Bevendean Parade, Lower Bevendean, Brighton, BN2 4FE
  • Moulscoomb Leisure Centre, Brighton, BN2 4PB
  • Moulsecomb Leisure Centre Car Park, The Highway, Brighton, BN2 4GD
  • Nevill Road Shops (One Stop), Nevill Road, Brighton, BN3 7BZ
  • New England Road Recycling Site, corner of New England Road, Brighton, BN1 4GQ
  • Norfolk Square Recycling Site, opposite 45 Norfolk Square, BN1 2PB
  • Old Steine, outside Sainsbury’s, corner of St James Street, Brighton, BN2 1RA
  • Parade Valley Road, corner of the Crossway, BN41 2TQ
  • Portland Road Recycling Area, Hove, BN3 5QJ
  • Portslade Library, Old Shoreham Road, Brighton, BN41 1XR
  • Portslade Train Station, corner of Portslade Station Rail Tracks, Brighton, BN3 5SJ
  • Preston Park North, The Ride Recycling Site, Brighton, BN1 6HG
  • Preston Park South, The Ride Recycling Site, Brighton, BN1 6AQ
  • Queens Park Terrace Recycling Site, Queens Park Terrace Pepperbox, Brighton, BN2 0FZ
  • Regent Street Recycling Site, opposite 31 Arena House, Brighton, BN1 1UL
  • Richmond Parade, corner of Albion Street, Brighton, BN2 9GB
  • Saltdean Park Recycling Site, Saltdean Park, Saltdean, BN2 8SP
  • School Lane Recycling Site, School Lane, Saltdean, BN2 8FY
  • Somerhil Road, within St Ann's Well Garden, Brighton, BN3 1RP
  • St Aubyns Recycle Area, corner of Kingsway, BN3 2TH
  • St John Road (NR Floral Clock) Recycling Site, Brighton, BN3 2FB
  • Station Approach Recycling Area, opposite Hove Station, BN3 3TJ
  • Station Road (Superdrug), Station Road outside 22/55, BN41 1GB
  • Stevens Court, Ingram Crescent West, Hove, BN3 5LZ
  • Tisbury Road Recycling Site, outside Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road, BN3 3BR
  • Trafalgar Street Car Park, outside entrance, Blackman Street, Brighton, BN1 4FL
  • Union Road, The Level, south end next to café, Brighton, BN2 9SY
  • Union Road Recycling Site, Union Road, Brighton, BN2 3FX
  • Union Road Recycling Site, Union Road, Brighton, BN2 9SY
  • Vernon Terrace Recycling Site, Montpelier Crescent, Brighton, BN1 3JL
  • Wayfield Avenue, off Holmes Avenue, Hove, BN3 7LW
  • West Way Shops Recycling Area, Brighton, BN3 8LD
  • Western Road Recycling Site (CEX), Brighton, BN1 2DA
  • Western Road (Co-Op), Brighton, BN1 2DA
  • Western Road Recycling Site, opposite Waitrose, Western Road, Brighton, BN1 2LA
  • Western Road, number 83 outside Tesco Express, Brighton, BN3 1JB
  • Whitecross Street Recycling Site, outside entrance to Trafalgar Street Car Park, BN1 4EB
  • Whitehawk Road (Co-Op), Brighton, BN2 5NS
  • Wilmington Parade Recycling Site, Wilmington Parade, opposite parade of shops, BN1 8LA
  • Withdean Stadium Recycling Site, opposite Tongdean Lane, Brighton, BN1 5JD
  • Woodbourne Avenue Recycling Site, outside post office, Brighton, BN1 8EJ
  • Woodingdean Library Car Park, Warren Road, BN2 6BA
  • York Grove Recycle Area, end of York Grove, joins with New England Road, BN1 3TT

More information

Find out more about how to apply for a community grant funded by our textile and shoe recycling.