Two recycling events for old textiles

Yarra Ranges Council sets up two events to recycle old textiles. Picture: Unsplash Micheile Henderson.

Yarra Ranges residents have the ability to dispose of old textile products such as clothes, towels, sheets, shoes, blankets and other unwanted fabrics for free, as part of Council’s Textile Recycling Drop Off Days.

This new trial project will take place over two events, one in Lilydale and one in Wandin East, where community members will need to book their spot in advance to drop off their unwanted items.

Residents in Lilydale can drop off their old clothes on Saturday 27 April, from 9am to 3pm at the Yarra Ranges Council Lilydale Operations Centre, 103-105 Nelson Rd, Lilydale.

Residents in Wandin East can drop Off their old textiles on Saturday 18 May, from 9am to 3pm at Wandin East Recreation Reserve, Wandin East.

Rather than getting buried in landfill, these donated items will then be taken away and recycled into new materials, such as carpet underlay, insulation and furniture filler.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Sophie Todorov said the trial program would be a win-win for the

community and the environment.

“We all know that we need to do what we can to reduce the amount of waste we are sending to

landfill,” Cr Todorov said.

“Projects such as these are a great way to declutter or empty your house of unwanted items and

have them go into something that is practical that can be used elsewhere.”

“Of course, if you have perfectly good clothes that can be donated to charities, please continue to do so, but for those things that have reached their end of life, I highly encourage our community to get behind this program to ensure its success.”

For a full list of what can and can’t be donated, and to register for a spot, visit Textile Recycling

Drop Off Days Yarra Ranges Council or call Yarra Ranges Council on 1300 368 333.

This project is supported by the Circular Economy Councils Fund.

The Fund is delivered by Sustainability Victoria under the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy.