Giving old textiles a new purpose

Published on 28 March 2024


Yarra Ranges residents will have the ability to dispose of old textile products such as clothes, towels, sheets, shoes, blankets and other unwanted fabrics for free as part of Council’s Textile Recycling Drop Off Days. 

This new trial project will take place over two events, one in Lilydale and one in Wandin East, where community members will need to book their spot in advance to drop off their unwanted items. 

Rather than getting buried in landfill, these donated items will then be taken away and recycled into new materials, such as carpet underlay, insulation and furniture filler. 

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Sophie Todorov, said that the trial program would be a win-win for the community and the environment.

“We all know that we need to do what we can to reduce the amount of waste we are sending to landfill,” Cr Todorov said. 

“Projects such as these are a great way to declutter or empty your house of unwanted items and have them go into something that is practical that can be used elsewhere. 

“Of course, if you have perfectly good clothes that can be donated to charities, please continue to do so, but for those things that have reached their end of life, I highly encourage our community to get behind this program to ensure its success.” 

For a full list of what can and can’t be donated, and to register for a spot, visit Textile Recycling Drop Off Days Yarra Ranges Council or call Yarra Ranges Council on 1300 368 333. 

This project is supported by the Circular Economy Councils Fund. The Fund is delivered by Sustainability Victoria under the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy. 


Event Details

Lilydale Drop Off 

Saturday 27 April, 9am-3pm 

Yarra Ranges Council Lilydale Operations Centre, 103-105 Nelson Rd, Lilydale 


Wandin East Drop Off 

Saturday 18 May, 9am-3pm 

Wandin East Recreation Reserve, Wandin East


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