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21 July 2016
21 July 2016

Used textiles, such as (worn out) clothing, old tablecloths and shoes, should not be disposed of in the normal household rubbish, but in the textile bins. Separately collected textiles will be reused for various purposes.

Clothing which is still wearable will be sold to companies which will then ship it to poor countries. Other textiles, such as curtains, ripped clothing or worn out tablecloths, will be turned into cleaning rags.

Reusing textiles cuts down on rubbish, reduces the use of raw materials and saves energy.

Where are the textile bins?

Take a look at the map for the locations of the textile bins in The Hague.

How can you dispose of your textiles?

  • Textile bins
    In The Hague you can usually find collection bins for textiles close to shopping centres. You can also bring your textiles to 1 of the 3 garbage and recycling stations in The Hague or at the city farms.
  • Home collection
    Charitable organisations collect textiles from homes in The Hague a few times a year, in consultation with the municipality. You will receive a collection sack from this charity.

What is allowed and what is not allowed in the textile bin?

Allowed in the textile bin Not allowed in the textile bin
All clothing (even clothes which are worn out or torn) Carpets and rugs
All shoes (tied together) Duvets and pillows
Hats and caps Mattresses
Underclothes Hard toys
Soft cuddly toys Glass, paper, plastic and household waste
Household textiles such as:
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Tablecloths
  • Blankets
  • Curtains
  • Duvet covers
  • Pillowcases
Badly stained clothing

The textile bin is full

It is possible that a textile bin is full. Please consider the following: 

  • Always check all the openings and see if the container is really full.
  • Sometimes a textile bin seems to be full because textiles or other (household) waste are left standing next to the bin.
  • You can also make use of another textile bin in the area.
  • Never place textiles or other (household) waste next to or around the textile bin. Use another textile bin in the area or take your textile or rubbish back home with you.

If the container is really full, report this to the municipality.

Stick to the rules

It is against the rules to place other rubbish on top of or next to the textile container. You risk getting a fine for this.

21 July 2016
21 July 2016