Recycling Clothing and Textiles

IMPORTANT: In response to the State of Michigan’s Executive Order regarding COVID-19, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Simple Recycling will temporarily suspend all recycling collections until further notice. When Simple Recycling continues service again, residents will be notified. Please visit Simple Recycling or call the Public Service Department for additional information. 

The City of Lansing has partnered with Simple Recycling, a company that collects usable clothing, shoes, textiles and household goods for reuse and recycling. Lansing residents can set these materials out at the curbside on their normal city recycling day. Simple Recycling provides special orange bags and tags to residents that must be used to set out these items.

To request bags, contact Simple Recycling either by phone at 866-835-5068 or by email at

For additional information on where recycled clothing and textiles go after collection, please visit Simple Recycling’s "Life Cycle of Secondhand Clothing" infographic.

NOTE: Please remember that this is a separate collection service from the City of Lansing’s green recycling carts. Please do not put clothing and textiles inside of regular green recycling carts.