Clothing and other textiles

Pile of clothes.

Clothing and textiles that are in good condition are suitable for reuse as they are. End-of-life textiles are unusable clothing and household textiles that can be used as material. They are collected at Sortti Stations subject to a charge.

Collection of end-of-life textiles expanded at the beginning of 2022

The collection of end-of-life textiles expanded in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area at the beginning of January 2022 when we launched a free collection trial in ten shopping centres.

You can find new collection points in the following areas from the beginning of January:

In Espoo:

  • Akseli kirpputori, Mankkaa, Sinimäentie 6 A, the collection trolley is located next to the cashier.
  • Iso Omena shopping centre, Matinkylä, floor P1, recycling point near the parking hall entrance.
  • Stockmann Ainoa, Tapiola, at the service point on 1st floor.

In Helsinki:

  • Hertsi shopping centre, Herttoniemi, floor P2 entrance hall.
  • Kamppi shopping centre, P level, near the lifts of Annankatu. 
  • Kaari shopping centre, Kannelmäki, floor -1, near the parking hall entrance.
  • Stockmann Itis, Itäkeskus, 2nd floor of Stockmann.
  • Stockmann Helsinki city center, 6th floor lift lobby and P3 level collection point.

In Vantaa:

  • Myyrmanni shopping centre, Myyrmäki, main hall on the 1st floor.
  • Stockmann Jumbo, Pakkala, Stockmann children’s department on 2nd floor.

See the picture of the end-of-life textile trolleys located in the shopping centres.

What is allowed in the end-of-life textiles collection?

End-of-life textiles collection is the right place for dry, unusable clothing and household textiles, such as

  • coats, trousers, skirts and shirts;
  • sheets, towels and tablecloths.

The textiles should be dry and packed in plastic bags or sacks to prevent them from getting dirty and wet. Leave some room in the bag so that it can better fit in the collection container for end-of-life textiles at Sortti Stations.

If the textiles are mouldy, wet or oily, sort them into mixed waste. 

We do not accept textiles contaminated with bed bugs or other pests at Sortti Stations.

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What is not allowed in the end-of-life textiles collection?

  • textiles with a strong odour or that are mouldy, wet or oily;
  • textiles contaminated with bed bugs or other pests – see separate instructions;
  • underwear, socks, tights;
  • carpets;
  • shoes, bags, belts;
  • leather jackets and furs;
  • pillows, blankets;
  • padding; and
  • soft toys.

Sort these into mixed waste.

Clothing and household textiles that are in good condition and reusable as they are do not belong in the end-of-life textiles collection – they should be sold or donated to charity or to a reuse centre. Find the nearest clothing collection point at Kierrätys.info.

Clothing and other textiles in good condition Tips for reducing waste Sortti Stations You can deliver worn-out clothing and household textiles to Sortti Stations.

What happens to the collected end-of-life textiles?

We pre-sort the end-of-life textiles at our Kivikko waste service centre. We then pack and transport the recyclable material to Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto Oy in Turku for sorting and to wait for further processing.

HSY is participating in the Telaketju project of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment to develop the collection, sorting, material identification, re-use and recycling of end-of-life textiles. As part of the project, Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto (LSJH) is currently preparing a pilot-phase processing plant where end-of-life textiles collected from households are mechanically processed into recycled fibre. 

Read more about the Telaketju project.