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Textiles Recovery

Please note textiles collected in this program are intended for reuse or are cut and sourced locally into shop rags. Make sure to verify all donated items with recycling center employees.


Old textiles can be cut up and used for projects like quilts, rugs, and patchwork, or you can use them for rags around the house. Residents can also drop off textiles for reuse at the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station (SCRTS) and MarBorg's Recycling and ABOP center in Goleta for FREE. Check out our flyer here.

Please note: Thrift stores and other businesses wishing to recycle textiles should contact MarBorg at 805-963-1852 to arrange for a scheduled drop-off time at MarBorg's Recycling and ABOP Center in Goleta.


  • Clean Clothes
  • Shoes (Matching Pairs Only)
  • Purses
  • Backpacks
  • Clean Towels
  • Pillow Cases & Bed Sheets
  • Lightweight Curtains
  • Residential Tablecloths

*Businesses should call us at (805) 882-3600 for more information on commercial linen recycling.


  • Dirty or Wet Textiles
  • Trash
  • Small Fabric Scraps
  • Underwear and Socks
  • Non-Wearable Shoes
  • Ripped Jeans
  • Shirts with Holes
  • Household Items
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Bed Comforter
  • Mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Mattress Toppers
  • Place Mats
  • Thick or Plastic Curtains
  • Furniture
  • Blankets
  • Toys
  • Luggage
  • Carpet and Rugs
  • Pet Items
  • Halloween Costumes
  • Hair or Beauty Items (Jewelry)
  • Eye Glasses
  • Motorcycle / Car Covers
  • Oil Mats / Car Mats
  • Food Warming Blankets
  • Soft Ice Chest

Textiles and other acceptable items collected at SCRTS are combined with all collected textiles at MarBorg’s Goleta facility and baled there. Textile Waste Solutions, a local textile recycling business, transports these baled textiles and acceptable items to their warehouse in the City of Commerce, Los Angeles, to be sorted and separated. Textiles are either shipped overseas for reuse in developing countries or are downcycled into soundproofing in vehicles, carpet padding, or rags to be used for industrial purposes. Feel free to contact us with any questions.


Paired shoes (tied together if they have laces) can also be dropped off at the locations below.  Additionally, check out our athletic shoe recycling page for athletic shoes that are beyond wearable.

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