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Give your old clothes and other textiles new life

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 25, 2021

As we march on towards the warmth of spring, the inevitable spring cleaning will grip households across the area. In the course of your clean, why not collect that old clothing for a good cause? College of Lake County (CLC) can help you give new life to those textiles going unused while reducing waste. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates more than 11 million tons in textiles makes its way to landfills each year while only 2.5 million tons are recycled. Change those numbers with the college’s new clothing and textile collection bin.Clothing Recycle Bin

“By hosting and maintaining a clothing and textile recycling site, CLC can act on several strategies in its strategic plan such as prudent use of resources and collaborative culture,” says CLC Sustainability Manager David Husemoller. “Clothing and textile recycling is in itself a strategic and prudent use of resources. This also continues to build our external partnerships while aligning the college with Lake County goals to reduce waste entering our landfills.”

The bin is located on CLC’s Grayslake Campus between parking lot 7 and Willow Way, along the college’s Living Lab Trail, and is available to the entire community. CLC was first invited to host the bin by the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) which works with partners across the county to reduce waste and increase recycling and composting. SWALCO has contracted with Chicago Textile Recycling to collect donated textiles and process them for reuse or recycling. The bin is a permanent installation and allows donations to be made 24/7. The program is full circle – new and gently used items will be reused and allow the program to accept worn, torn or stained items for recycling.

wide shot of clothing binBefore you donate, please review these key item specifications from Chicago Textile Recycling:

  • Ensure all items are clean, dry and free of odors.
  • Items that are stained or torn will also be accepted.
  • Hangers should be removed.
  • Ensure all items are in sealed plastic bags.
  • Due to processing limitations, items of any kind that are wet, dirty, odorous, moldy or severely damaged cannot be accepted.

See the full list of what is accepted here.  

This is just the latest sustainability effort at CLC, and certainly not the last. Learn more about the college’s sustainability efforts, the new bike share coming to Grayslake or the college’s future solar power fields.

About College of Lake County:

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation. Learn more at or call (847) 543-2000.