Used clothing, shoes, belts, purses, and household 'softwear' are too good for the trash! Even ripped, worn or stained items can still have a purpose.

Old clothing, linens and other “softwear” are too good for the trash!  In fact, they are banned from disposal by MassDEP regulation. 

Donation bins at schools and municipal facilities provide the hosts with rebates from collected items. All they ask is that donations be clean, dry and odor free.
Bins located in parking lots and gas stations all put collected materials to their highest practical use. They may or may not support a charitable organization, but all keep valuable material out of the trash.

Charities and thrift shops accept donations of usable clothing, and sometimes other household items.

Consignment shops  may accept  items in very good condition, and share a portion of the sale price with you.

Here is a list of materials that will be reused or recycled by donation bins, all which must be clean and dry.

Learn about textile recycling in Massachusetts:  “Holey Socks, Those go in the Donation Box!”

See photos of what Millbury Textile Recycling does with unsaleable used clothing and household linens.

Schools and Towns

Bay State Textile or Helpsy bin, receive a 5c rebate for every pound of textiles collected in their bins.  Towns that offer CMRK/ BBBSF curbside collection receive a 2c/lb. rebate.  Those that use Simple Recycling weekly curbside avoid disposal costs.

  • Abington public schools; library; curbside
  • Braintree public schools
  • Cohasset Transfer Station
  • Duxbury Transfer Station
  • East Bridgewater public schools
  • Hanover Transfer Station; public schools
  • Hanson Transfer Station; public schools
  • Hingham Transfer Station
  • Hull public schools
  • Kingston Transfer Station; public schools
  • Middleboro landfill; public schools; curbside
  • Norwell outside Recycling Center, 310 Main St. (Rt. 123)
  • Pembroke public schools; curbside
  • Plymouth public schools; Manomet Transfer Station
  • Rockland Recycling Center, Beech St.; Esten School; curbside
  • Scituate Transfer Station
  • Silver Lake public schools
  • Weymouth DPW, 120 Winter St.; public schools
  • Whitman DPW, 100 Essex St.; public schools; curbsidep

Charities and Thrift Shops

These organizations support their good work through clothing and household items sales in their thrift shops and other outlets.  Donations are tax deductible.

Big Brother/Big Sister Foundation
20 Park Plaza
Suite 1420
Boston, MA 02116

1010 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02119

Salvation Army Thrift Shop
936 Washington St. – Hanover

Savers, a national thrift shop chain with locations in Hanover, Plymouth , Norwood and West Roxbury, shares a portion of proceeds from clothing sales with a designated charitable organization. They also accept household items.

Duxbury Thrift and Consignment
48 Depot St. – Duxbury

Consignment Shops

Kids Echo
166 County Street – Lakeville

Mum’s Secret Closet
170 Water St. – Plymouth

Off the Rack
39 Washington St. (Rt 53) – Norwell

American Retro
95 Church St. (Rt 139) – Pembroke

Twice as Nice
46 Columbia Rd. (Rt 53)

Kids Closet
46 Columbia Rd. (Rt 53) – Pembroke

Style Unlimited
62 Court St. – Plymouth

Resale Therapy Designer Consignment
106 Pleasant St., Columbian Sq. – Weymouth

If you know a good consignment or thrift shop that isn’t on the list, please contact Claire


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