Every year NYC residents throw away approximately 200,000 tons of clothing, linens, shoes, and other textiles.

If textiles make up more than 10% of your business’s waste during any month, you are REQUIRED BY LAW to separate and recycle or repurpose all textile waste, including:

  • Fabric scraps
  • Clothing
  • Hats
  • Belts
  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Clean rags 
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Curtains

Resources for Textile Recycling and Reuse


By donating and reusing goods instead of discarding them, New Yorkers can greatly reduce waste, conserve energy and resources, save money, and help provide jobs and human services for New Yorkers in need.

Businesses and nonprofit organizations can use the donateNYC Exchange, an online materials reuse platform, to give or receive gently used and surplus materials.


refashionNYC is a free, in-building collection service for old clothes and other fabric items for NYC residents, businesses, schools, and nonprofits.

Office buildings and businesses such as fashion and apparel, storage facilities, gyms, laundromats, and hotels are eligible. Receipts for tax deductions are available for donations.

Find out more about refashionNYC.

Enroll your business in refashionNYC.