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The average household spends around £1,700 a year on clothing and throwing away unwanted clothing to landfill is not only wasteful but natural fibres in your clothing will break down to produce methane which is a powerful greenhouse gas. 

In an effort to reduce the amount on textiles going to landfill, West Dunbartonshire Council currently work in partnership with several charities such as Nathans Wastesavers, British Heart Foundation and the Salvation Army, who have textile banks at our larger recycling centres and some of our smaller recycling points, These textile banks accept clothing and other textiles and some banks also accept books, cd's, dvd's, shoes (in pairs and tied together), handbags, belts, sheets, blankets and towels. Please place items into a bag and secure closed before placing into the banks.

Reuse and repair

Reusing items instead of throwing them away.

Every year in Scotland many useful items are ending up in landfill instead of being reused or repaired. 

Clothes, accessories, books, cd's, dvd's and small household goods can be donated to charity shops and you might pick up a bargain at the same time! Larger household items in good condition such as furniture and electrical goods can be donated to reuse projects such as Home from Home who are a West Dunbartonshire Council partner. They can be contacted on 01389 733733 or at or visit You can also contact the National Reuse phone line on 0800 0665 820 for more advice or information on reuse schemes across Scotland.

For more information on reuse and repair schemes in Scotland visit