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!

Starting in mid-January 2020, the University of Pittsburgh now has 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
  • 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!