Clothing and soft goods, regardless of condition, do not need to be discarded in the garbage/landfill!

KNIB will take clean clothing and soft goods. Wearable clothing can be redistributed. Stained or damaged clothing WILL BE ACCEPTED because they can be recycled into things like insulation & carpet padding. That includes items that have rips, tears, stains or broken parts.

Recycling and/or Redistribution:

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers and Clothing Drives collect all types of soft goods, year-round.

Acceptable items should be clean, but may have rips, tears, stains or broken parts.

  • Men’s, women’s, or children’s clothing and outerwear
  • Shoes, boots
  • Belts, leather accessories
  • Linens
  • Purses, briefcases, backpacks
  • Stuffed (plush) toys
  • Fabric
  • Yarn
  • Pillows
  • Throw rugs (no carpet or padding)
  • Soft-sided luggage

Gather your items and drop off during one of our regular collection days or during a Clothing Drive.

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More Clothing Donation Sites (for resale or re-distribution)

Examples of other organizations which may accept donations of clothing.





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