Clothing Collections


What happens to materials donated?
Clothing & Textiles are accepted by Wearable Collections staff and taken to a facility where they are sorted into different grades, with an effort to recover as much usable clothing as possible for distribution to second-hand markets.  Material that is not suitable for reuse will go to recycling markets to be used as wiping rags or shredded for low grade fiber products such as insulation. 

What Wearable Collections Accepts:
Accepted: Clean and dry clothing, paired shoes, linens, handbags, belts, and other reusable textiles.
Not accepted: fabric rolls or scraps of any size, rugs, carpeting, pillows, comforters, or luggage.

Why can’t I recycle scraps?
Due to a shift in market conditions, Wearable Collections is unable to accept large volumes of scraps for processing. Your quality donations ensure the sustainability of the textile recycling program, which recovers the portion of non-reusable material for secondary uses.  

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7.3 Million lbs Collected Since 2007

The average New Yorker tosses 46 pounds of clothing and other textiles in the trash each year. All told, NYC residents discard nearly 200,000 tons of textiles every year, at a cost to taxpayers and our environment.

Textiles can be dropped off weekly at the following locations. 

In cases of severe weather, markets may close early or be cancelled. 
Please drop early and check our blog or follow us on social media for schedule updates.  

Brooklyn Carroll Gardens Greenmarket
Smith b/t 1st & 2nd Pl
Sundays 8am-1:30pm
Brooklyn Ft. Greene Greenmarket
Myrtle Ave & Washington Park
Saturdays 8am-1:30pm
Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Flatbush Ave & Prospect Park W (Prospect Park entrance)
Saturdays 8am-2pm
Brooklyn McCarren Park Greenmarket
Union Ave and Driggs
Saturdays  8:30am-1pm
Manhattan 77th/79th Street Greenmarket
77th St btw. Columbus Ave & Central Park West
Sundays 9am-12pm
Manhattan Columbia University Greenmarket
Broadway & 116th St
Sundays 9am-12pm
Manhattan Tompkins Square Greenmarket
E 7th St & Ave A
Sundays 9am-1pm
Queens Sunnyside Greenmarket
Skillman Ave b/t 42nd &
43rd Sts
Saturdays 9:30am-12:30pm

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  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites, coupled with GrowNYC Wholesale, ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Zero Waste

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

    We build and rejuvenate community gardens and urban farms in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

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    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.