Where do the clothes and footwear that we put in the containers go? What are they used for? These textile products are not waste like the rest, because one of the purposes is to allocate them to more vulnerable groups that lack sufficient economic resources. They also fulfill an environmental purpose, since they are recycled and it is avoided that they end up in the landfill.

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For this reason, as the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) points out, it is really important that all the clothes that we do not need are taken to the container or to the clean point, “so that they do not end up in the landfill, where right now almost 90% of the textile waste is ending“.

The municipalities of Most Spanish towns have collection points for used clothing and in some municipalities, in addition, municipal spaces or home collection services have been set up. On the other hand, “there are also legal containers for clothes on private land such as parishes, schools, gas stations or shopping centers, under bilateral agreements between private organizations and textile waste managers such as Cáritas or Humana”, they highlight.

Where are they found? What is done with the waste?

What are the containers authorized by the authorities and who manages them? The OCU has drawn up a list, updated in October this year, that you can check this link with the main collection points in all the Autonomous Communities.

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According to him Waste management framework state plans (PEMAR), in Spain one million tons of household textile waste is generated each year. But nevertheless, “only 10% is managed for reuse and recycling “, indicates the OCU. In this sense, where does our used clothing and footwear end?

  • Between 40 and 50% of the textile waste that is introduced in containers managed by social entities is destined to the reuse. In some cases, it is donated directly to vulnerable groups or sold in second-hand stores like Humana’s.
  • Those wastes that cannot be reused due to being in poor condition “are recycle to produce cloths or insulators. “In fact, there are pilot programs” to produce regenerated yarns or generate new fibers. ”
  • Clothing or footwear that you cannot reuse or recycle they are incinerated for their “energy recovery as fuel”.