Renfrewshire Council

Shoes and boots

All textiles, even if they are ripped and paired shoes can be recycled by putting in the textile bank at your nearest recycling site.

When disposing of shoes please think about the following:

Charity and re-use organisations

Donate items to charity and re-use organisations, look on the high street for your local shop or fill the bags that come through the door.

Clothing and shoe banks are often in supermarket and local car parks.

If you are fundraising for your school, church, workplace, sports club or organisations such as Girl Guides, or Scouts, there are textile companies who can arrange a textile collection to help you to raise money for your cause. Not only does this generate valuable funds, but creates a great team spirit by getting your supporters to work together to clear out their wardrobes.


There has never been a better time to sell unwanted clothes/shoes and there are lots of ways to do this. With two thirds of people already buying pre-owned and vintage clothes, it's an ideal time to try selling yours! 

  • Sell them on websites like eBayGumtree and Preloved.
  • In larger towns or cities, look out for a 'cash for clothes' outlet / agency.
  • Or pass on items for free at places such as Freecycle and Freegle.

Friends, family and local events

  • Ask family and friends - often they can use the things we don't want anymore.
  • Sell items locally at car boots, nearly new and bring and buy sales.
  • Go to local swapping events or start your own at
  • Ask local schools if they collect clothes and textiles to raise money.

Some shops such as H&M and Marks & Spencer collect unwanted clothes in-store. Marks & Spencer also collect via their charity partner, Oxfam and offer a discount off your next purchase

Some antique and vintage shops will buy second hand shoes and clothes, such as evening wear and vintage items

Give repairing a go

If you have items which are ripped, worn or just don't quite fit anymore, repair or alter them to give them a second life.

Not sure how? Ask family and friends for help, someone is certain to be nifty with a needle and thread.

Lots of shops now offer repair and alteration services - look on your high street, search online or look in local directories.

Visit Love your clothes for great tips on how to make the most of your clothing, including easy to makes repairs.

Recycle them

Shoes and boots that aren't suitable to be passed onto someone else can be recycled and made into new items.

Renfrewshire council no longer collects fabric in your blue bin, please use the shoe and textile bins provided at your local recycling centre.