Clothing - What you can do
What is fast fashion?
Fast fashion is a term to describe inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends which is then quickly disposed of.
How you can make a difference
- Consider what is already in your wardrobe before making a purchase
- Buy second hand
- Buy less and choose items of better quality
- Swap your clothes with friends or at an organised Clothes Swap
- Donate your good quality clothing to local charity stores
Do we love our clothes too much?
Globally, more than 100 billion garments are made each year. Australians consume on average more than 27 kilograms of clothing per person each year, and that trend is increasing. Did you know it takes 2,700 litres of water to make one cotton T-shirt?
Options for unwanted clothing
Commercial clothing recyclers
Clothing Cleanup is a commercial clothing recycler who gives your wearable unwanted clothes a new life. Your clothes will be picked up from your home for free and are then distributed within Australia and overseas. They accept items in good condition including clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, scarves, hats and linen. Clothing Cleanup services most of the Hornsby Shire, for more information and to book a pick up please go to https://clothingcleanup.com.au/
Not-for-profit charity stores may accept your wearable clothing, please contact them prior to donating. For a list of charity stores in the Hornsby Shire please see the Guide to local charity stores in Hornsby
Garage sales are a great way for you to make some extra money, meet your neighbours and reduce the amount of clothing going to landfill.
You could consider selling your unwanted clothing at:
- Freecycle (there are approximately 5000 people in the Hornsby group)
Drop off to the Community Recycling Centre
Clothing and accessories such as handbags, shoes, belts, scarves and hats are accepted.
Household textiles such as rugs, linen, towels and curtains are NOT accepted.
Please ensure items are bagged.
Address: Community Recycling Centre, 29 Sefton Road, Thornleigh
Waste Hotline: 9847 4856
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Facility Updates
29 January 2021 – It is now mandatory to sign in on the NSW Government COVID Safe QR Code app each time you visit our facilities.
In accordance with NSW Health’s Public Health Orders, as of midnight Friday 29 January 2021, face masks are strongly recommended for patrons attending Council's libraries and the Customer Service desks at Council Chambers and the Waste Management facility in Thornleigh. If you do not have a face mask, our friendly team will supply you with one free of charge. Patrons attending Hornsby Shire Aquatic & Leisure Centres and the Thornleigh Brickpit are not required to wear a mask. Further information is available on the NSW Health website here.
Council’s Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre (CRC) is open, under appropriate COVID-19 Controls.
The Waste Customer Service Counter is also open to the public, from 8.30am-4pm.
Public enquiries can be directed to Council’s Waste Hotline as normal.
Phone: 9847 4856
New Polystyrene Collection
You can now drop off Polystyrene at Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre.
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