According to Friendship Used Clothing Collections, roughly 4 million tons of textiles are discarded each year in the United States. According to Orange County’s most recent waste characterization study, textiles make up 5.3% of the County’s waste stream. Help reduce the County’s waste stream by acting more sustainably with clothing, shoes, and other textiles. Instead of throwing away old textiles, repurpose them into cleaning rags or other supplies. Donate clothing, shoes, and textiles that can be re-worn or reused to local organizations or resale stores.
Residents can also bring clothing, shoes, bedding, and towels to the clothing and shoes drop-off sites at Eubanks Road, High Rock Road, and Walnut Grove Church Road Waste and Recycling Centers. Items must be clean and bagged before placing them in the bins. Soiled items are not accepted. Items are picked up by Friendship Used Clothing Collection in Garner, NC. Orange County receives revenue based on the rag value of the material. That revenue is then donated to local nonprofits.