Textile Recycling

Clothing and textiles make up ~6.3% of the U.S. waste stream, so please help us divert items that may not have usable life back into the circular economy!

While Pitt’s Textile Recycling program is still operating for the Pitt community in the global Covid-19 pandemic.  However, while campus is under any risk profile, the program is not available for public drop-offs .

Starting in mid-January 2020, the University of Pittsburgh launched a number of locations to collect textiles meeting acceptability guidelines listed below.  Clothing and textiles make up ~6.3% of the U.S. waste stream, so represent a campus- and city-wide opportunity to keep textiles in the circular economy, while assisting in reaching our goal is to reduce landfill waste 25% from 2017 levels by 2030.

Please continue to donate all wearable clothing and accessories to the University of Thriftsburgh (on-campus thrift store in O’Hara Student Center) or to your local reuse stores!

Accepted Items

  • Clothing, coats, and jackets
  • Linens, towels, bedding, pillows, drapes, and curtains
  • Hats, gloves, belts, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories.


Not Accepted

  • Mattress toppers
  • Hazardous waste
  • Single stream recyclables

Collection units have been placed around campus near existing toner and/or battery diversion locations, as listed below.

  • Alumni Hall – Main Lobby, Lytton St. Entrance
  • Benedum Hall – Lobby
  • Biomedical Science Tower – Lobby
  • Cathedral of Learning – Ground Floor (Near Elevators)
  • Chevron Hall
  • Craig Hall – Main Lobby
  • Eureka Building – Main Lobby
  • Graduate School of Public Health – DeSoto Lobby
  • Hillman Library – Ground Floor Lobby
  • Litchfield Towers – Lobby near ATM
  • Mervis Hall – Ground Floor
  • O’Hara Student Center – Hallway near Hydration Station & Men’s Rest Room
  • Park Plaza – Main Lobby
  • Petersen Events Center – Mezzanine, 2nd Floor
  • Public Safety Building – Forbes Avenue Lobby
  • Salk Hall
  • Scaife Hall – 4th Floor, Terrace St. Entrance
  • Thomas Blvd.—Main Lobby
  • Posvar Hall – Main Lobby (Near Elevators)
  • William Pitt Union – Main Lobby

Want to learn more about all the materials streams the University of Pittsburgh is diverting from landfill?  More information here!