Textile Recycling Scheme

Textiles can be recycled by placing them in the clear textile recycling sacks provided. Please put your sacks of clean and dry textiles at the front edge of your property by 7.00am on your collection day. Sacks cannot be presented on the public footpath, grass verge or road. You may be liable to a fixed penalty notice should you present your recycling or waste any earlier than the evening before collection.

Residents can also take their textiles to either of the HWRCs, located in Stock Road, Southend-on-Sea or Leigh Marsh, Leigh-on-Sea or to a local charity shop if they do not wish to use the kerbside recycling service.

Please do not place textiles inside the pink sacks as we cannot collect pink sacks containing textiles.

To check your collection day please see the collection days page.

Remember, all textiles must be clean and dry otherwise we may not be able to collect them for recycling.

What can and can’t be recycled?

Textiles made from both natural and man-made fibres can be recycled. All textiles must be clean and dry.

Yes please:

  • Clothes
  • Curtains
  • Pillow cases & sheets
  • Towels
  • Handbags
  • Hats
  • Cloths
  • Belts
  • Paired shoes

No thank you:

  • Pillows and duvets
  • Rugs, mats and carpets
  • Cushions

Unfortunately these cannot be accepted by textile recycling facilities due to their composition. However, some animal shelters and charities may be grateful for your donations. If you are unable to find any use for them then they unfortunately need to be disposed of in your black refuse sacks.

If your textile sack is missed on your collection day, and there is no contamination sticker on it  advising you why the sack has been left, then please see how to report your missed collection on our MIssed Collection page or by email council@southend.gov.uk.

If a resident sees textile sacks being collected by an unauthorised party (i.e. neither Veolia nor their sub-contractor Essex Textiles) then residents’ should report this directly to the Police on 101, providing the vehicle registration number, time, date etc.

What happens to textiles once they have been collected?

The textile sacks are either collected by Veolia (by the residual and food waste collection crews) or their sub-contractor Essex Textiles. Veolia’s vehicles have metal cages on the side of them to store the collected sacks, keeping them separate from the other materials. Essex Textiles have their own vans. If the Veolia vehicle fills up, they work closely with Essex Textiles who will meet them and take their load so that they can continue collecting. Collected textiles are also unloaded at Veolia’s Waste Transfer Station where they are kept in their own area until Essex Textiles collect them.

Essex Textiles then transport the collected textiles on to a national textiles recycling facility so that they can be sorted, graded by type and then distributed to their various outlets for reuse. Items unsuitable for reuse are turned into flocking for a range of applications, such as stuffing, insulation and animal bedding.

Page last updated: 13/08/2019