Find your nearest recycling bank


The Charity has run a successful textile recycling scheme since 2008, in partnership with fire and rescue services and textile recycling companies across the UK, which today raises over £400,000 a year for the Charity.

Donate your old clothes

Donate your old clothes

Our recycling textile partners manage our recycling initiative across the UK, with the following donations coming straight to the Charity from each of these sites:

• Textile banks on fire stations: £220 per tonne
• Textile banks on other community sites: £150 per tonne
• Textile bags for ‘door to door’ collections: £100 per tonne
• Textile bags for school collections: £100 per tonne
• Book Banks on fire stations: £50 per tonne

Door to Door Clothing Collections

FFC Door-to-door recycling bag

FFC Door-to-door recycling bag

Throughout the year we also collect clothes for recycling from your doorstep. Look out for our textile recycling bags which will be posted through your door at allocated times across the year.

For more detailed information about collections happening in the next two weeks please refer to our recycling document

What you can donate: Textile Banks & Bags

  • Adult and children’s clothing
  • Socks
  • Coats
  • Underwear
  • Paired shoes
  • Handbags
  • Linen

Please NO bric-a-brac, plastic, toys or electrical items please.

Frequently Asked Questions

I received a textile bag through my door. Is this genuine?

Our official door-to-door recycling bags look like the one pictured above. Please check that it has our Charity registration number printed on it. If in any doubt at all, please call our clothes recycling helpline at Your Donations Ltd, who manage our door-to-door distribution: 0330 0882723.

My local textile bank is full what should I do with my bag of clothes?

Please do not leave your clothes beside the bank or anywhere else on fire station grounds. If the bank is full please call the phone number displayed on the textile bank to report the full bank, and then please try again over the next couple of days.

Where is my closest recycling bank?

Please click on the button below:
Find your nearest recycling bank

What if I accidentally post my keys or wallet into the bank?!

Please telephone the number on the bank and arrange a mutually convenient time for them to open it. Please do not attempt to climb or reach into the bank.

What happens to the donated clothes?

The donated clothing, shoes, handbags and textiles are collected by our recycling partners and wearable clothing is re-used, usually sold in under-developed countries. Any textiles that are un-wearable are recycled into such items as industrial wipers and car upholstery and also re-used in the production of many other items. The income generated for The Fire Fighters Charity from textile recycling helps fund the physical, psychological and community support which we provide for those in the firefighting community who are need. I hope this helps with your question.

How do we get a textile bank on our fire station or community site?

We work with all of our UK Fire & Rescue Services to identify and agree fire stations that are safe and suitable to have a textile bank sited. A risk assessment is carried out and a textile bank is only placed once approval from all parties has been established. Sometimes it is not possible to place a textile bank, but in these cases every effort is made to identify alternative locations where possible. For further information please contact recycling@firefighterscharity.org.uk