Recycling Clothing, Shoes and Other Textiles

Clothes-recycleAll of us have used clothing that would find a better use than simply putting it out with the trash. Acceptable textiles can include clothing (shirts, dresses, pajamas, ties, etc.), belts, shoes, blankets, comforters, pillows, quilts, table cloths, stuffed animals and even pet beds. These materials need to be clean and odor free, so no oily rags or other materials can be included that might be difficult to recycle or that would contaminate other clothing. Local organizations such as churches and civic groups often hold events to collect clothing. Check the papers and listings for opportunities.

In Bennington County, and nearby, Goodwill Industries (www.goodwill-berkshires.com) of the Berkshires, Inc. serves Berkshire County Massachusetts and Southern Vermont at the following locations:

Bennington, Vermont
215 North St. (Rt. 7), Bennington VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-4285
Store Hours:   Mon-Sat 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM : Sun 12 Noon – 6:00 PM
Donation Drop-off Center: Yes

Goodwill also accepts donations of clothing, electronics, and household items at these two Berkshire Bank Locations:

  • In Arlington, 3816 Vermont 7A, every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • In Manchester, 3450 Richville Rd., every Saturday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

North Adams, Massachusetts
166 State St., North Adams MA 01247
Phone (413) 749-8999
Store Hours:   Mon-Sat 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Sun 12 Noon – 6:00 PM
Boutique Department: Yes
Donation Drop-off Center: Yes

They also have collections at:

Williamstown, MA

David & Joyce Milne Public Library, 1095 Main St
2nd, 3rd Sunday each month 10am – 2pm

Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church St
1st Sunday each month 10am – 2pm

In Manchester, Manchester Health Services (http://www.manchesterhealthservices.com/) Manchester Center, VT, an adjunct of Manchester Health Service, and staffed by volunteers, has a Thrift Shop that provides a community service and supplements Agency income. Donations of clean clothing and small household items are always welcome and may be dropped off in the donation room located in the rear of the building. Contact them at 802-362-2126

5468 Main Street
PO Box 1224
Manchester Center, VT 05255 (802) 362-2126

Donations accepted 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

dropoffboxTextile Drop-off Boxes

The following are some of the locations within Bennington County, but these are subject to change:


Textile Drop-off Boxes
  Site Name Address Town
Chem-Clean Furniture Restoration 4095 VT-7A Arlington, VT
Wayside Market 3307 VT Route 313 W Arlington, VT
Bennington Transfer Station 904 Houghton Rd. Bennington, VT
Davey Oil 147 Northside Dr. Bennington, VT
Goodwill Industries 215 North St. Bennington, VT
Green Mountain Dry Cleaners 256 Benmont Ave. Bennington, VT
Maguire’s Market 510 South St. Bennington, VT
Minimart 735 East Main St. Bennington, VT
Papa Pete’s 1104 Woodland Rd. Bennington, VT
Sunny Side Diner 241 Main St. Bennington, VT
Dorset School 130 School Dr. Dorset, VT
H.N. Williams 2732 VT Route 30 Dorset, VT
Northshire Transfer Station 310 Tennis Way East Dorset, VT
Pownal Transfer Station 645 Maple Grove Rd. Pownal, VT
Takoda’s Grocery 2848 Route 7 South Pownal, VT
The Flea 7358 Route 7 South Pownal, VT
Winchester’s Store 6185 Route 7 South Pownal, VT
Bilmont’s Country Store 544 Main St. Stamford, VT
Sunderland Transfer Station 4561 Sunderland Rd. Sunderland,