Being the dutiful New Yorker that you are, you always make sure to drop off your unwanted clothing at the local Goodwill or Salvation Army store–but wouldn’t it be nice to just take it downstairs instead? The city’s re-fashioNYC program lets you do just that with their residential clothing recycling bins. The attractive, free receptacles can be ordered for apartment buildings with more than ten units, as well as schools, office buildings and commercial businesses, making it easy to keep your preloved apparel and accessories out of landfills and to raise money for nonprofit Housing Works‘ mission of ending homelessness and AIDS in NYC.


Apparel and textiles make up a whopping 6% of NYC’s waste stream with approximately 200,000 tons of the stuff thrown out every year. The saddest part of this is that much of this waste is still perfectly usable, which is why re-fashioNYC and the NYC Department of Sanitation want to make it even easier for New Yorkers to get their unwanted clothing into the right hands with their residential recycling bins.

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All you have to do to get one of these handy bins placed right in your apartment building (with over ten units), school or office is to fill out an application here. Once approved, the DSNY will schedule a site visit to discuss the number of bins you’d like, what sizes will work best and where the bins should be placed. After your bin is installed, you and your neighbors can use it to drop off your donations right in your own building, and when the bin is full, you can either call 212-437-4678 or email ([email protected]) for pickup.

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In addition to making it a snap to keep your old clothes out of landfills, re-fashioNYC bins are 100% not-for-profit and charitable. All of the clothing and textiles donated through re-fashioNYC will be taken to the Housing Works warehouse in Queens, and all proceeds will benefit Housing Works’ endeavors to end homelessness and AIDS in New York City.

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