Donating and recycling clothes during the Covid-19 crisis

In England, national restrictions due to COVID-19 now mean that charity shops are temporarily closed.

Government guidance has been put in place to protect the health of staff, volunteers and the public.

We know how important it is to continue to keep clothing out of the bin, and we also recognise how essential clothing donations from the general public are to charities across the UK.

Some textile bring banks and local Household Waste Recycling Centres may be in operation. We encourage you to always check your local council website to find out whether these options are currently available to you.

The situation is challenging and can change quickly. It’s up to us all to help. Here are some things we can do:

  • Don’t drop off unwanted clothes to charity shops or leave donations on their doorsteps. This is not defined as an essential activity and charity shops are now closed.
  • Don’t leave unwanted clothes or donations next to textile recycling banks. This includes textile recycling banks at supermarkets, or at local Household Waste Recycling Centres. If they are full, keep hold of the clothing until restrictions have been lifted.
  • If you’re planning on having a clear out at home, please hold on to unwanted clothes for the time being until restrictions have been lifted. You can still do your bit to benefit others by donating or recycling them in the future.
  • But, above all, don’t throw unwanted clothing in the rubbish bin. Check if it can be repaired, refashioned, upcycled or passed on to someone else after the restrictions are lifted.

Let’s all do our bit to help.