Textile Information


Summary of Textile Reuse & Recycling: Textile w green ico

Donate Clothing
Donate Table Linens and Curtains
Donate Towels, Blankets, Shoes
Donate Coats, Scarves, Gloves

Clothes Mentor
Helping Hands / Various Thrift Stores
Once Upon A Child
Plato's Closet
St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Shop
Share Your Soles


Will County Textile Program 

Since 2006 Will County encouraged gym shoe (aka.sneakers) recycling at an annual week-long collection.  The program expanded to include all types of shoes. Then in 2010, for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the County enlarged the collection to include all textile items.
Most clothing is discarded before it degrades, but even when it is missing a button, has a broken zipper or a stain, the clothing continues to be valued in other areas of the world.  Donations are tax deductible and can go to assist people in our local community.
Cotton takes more pesticides to grow than any other crop but results in a fiber that can be recycled endlessly. Polyester in clothing can also be used to make polyester carpet. 

Drop-Off Instructions

  • Contact the charity or company of your choice to learn their specifications
  • Call other organizations before discarding any textile item, some tolerate more distressed items than others. 
  • A tax receipt is not given at unstaffed drop-box locations but many are conveniently located. 
Items Accepted    
Shirts Shoes
Slacks Boots
Dresses Gym Shoes 
Shorts Curtains or Drapes
Jeans Sheets
Undershirts Blankets
Children's Clothes Towels
Infant Clothes Table Linens 
  National website dedicated to keeping clothing and fabrics out of landfills: Council for Textile Recycling


Will County Land Use Department
Will County - Land Use Department - Resource Recovery & Energy
58 E. Clinton Street, Joliet, IL 60432

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