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Where to recycle clothes in Indy

Advice: donate directly to Goodwill, Amvets, St. Vincent, etc.

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Hey Renee,

Where can I find a lovely, Indianapolis map, populated with the locations of clothing recycling bin drop-off locations? Also it would be pretty swell to know what charity these items were being recycled by or through.

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Hey A,

I thought this would be an easy question, but as I searched for companies and/or nonprofits that do this, I haven’t quite found the exact answer you’re looking for.

The people I trust the most when it comes to recycling resources in Indiana, Indiana Recycling Coalition, encourage you to donate directly to Goodwill, Amvets, St. Vincent, etc. They say that many of the clothing donation bins you are seeing are for-profit enterprises masked as “good cause” bins and they can’t confirm where the donations are going. Plus, they most likely do not have a permit to place bins publicly.

You can use IRC’s EcoPoint map to find brick and mortar drop-off locations for clothing and many other recyclable/reusable materials.

They also shared info for Simply Recycling, a new curbside recycling program for clothing and home goods in Noblesville. Wouldn’t it be cool if this program could roll out throughout the state?!

Piece out,
Renee 


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