Clothing, textile and shoes

Give clothes, textile and shoes that you no longer wear a second life. If they are too threadbare or damaged to be useful, take them to the recycling centre and we will recycle the materials. Worn textile can be used to make new fabrics and other products.


Donate used clothes, shoes and textile to one of the charities that collect them door-to-door and support a good cause. The collection drives take place 4 times a year. You will find a plastic bag for used clothes and shoes in your letterbox. The date of collection is printed on the bag.

Recycling centre

Take old clothes, textile and shoes that are too threadbare or damaged to wear or use to a recycling centre. Do not throw these items into the residual waste bag. Taking them to the recycling centre is not only better for the environment, it is also good for your wallet.

Kringloop Zuid

If you have used clothing, textile and shoes in good condition, take them to Kringloop Zuid or have them collected free of charge. Note that the staff may refuse clothing, textile and shoes that are too worn or in poor condition.


You can dispose of clothing, textile and shoes free of charge at Kringloop Zuid, at the recycling centre, or by donating your items to charity during one of the door-to-door collection drives.

Complaint or report

If you have a question or comment, report it via the MijnGemeente app or contact us by calling 14 043.

  • Clothing, textile and shoes: yes please
    Accessories: belts, bags, neckties, bowties, hats, caps
    Bedding: sheets, blankets, pillowcases, duvet covers
    Curtains, net curtains
    Towels, tea towels, tablecloths, napkins, flannels
    Clothing (including swimwear and underwear)
    Cleaning cloths and cleanings rags
    Shoes (tied in pairs)
    Stuffed toys (if clean)
    Socks and hosiery
    Clothing, textile and shoes: no thanks
    Where to put it
    Clothes with paint or oil stains Residual waste
    Pillows and duvets Recycling centre
    Mattresses Recycling centre
    Wet clothing, textile and shoes Let them dry first
    Flooring: mats, carpets Recycling centre
    Stuffing from cushions and toys, knitting yarn Residual waste

    In the Milieu App you will find a practical, comprehensive waste separation guide. A yes/no list shows you what to do with each type of waste.

  • If you run a foundation/institution and would like to collect used clothes, textile and shoes, you will need to ask the municipality for permission. You can send us a request via post [at] (post[at]maastricht[dot]nl).

    Your foundation must be recognised as a charity and have a positive assessment from the Netherlands Fundraising Regulator (CBF) in Amsterdam. Your email should contain the following information:

    • why you wish to collect clothing, textile and shoes
    • your name and address
    • the name of your foundation
    • your foundation’s objective (articles or charter)

    You can apply for permission between 1 January and 1 July of the current year to collect clothing in the following year.

  • Worn or torn clothing or bedding is turned into cleaning rags, insulating material or stuffing for car seats, for example. Recycled fibres are increasingly being used to produce new fabrics.

    • If you donate clothes and shoes that can still be worn, make sure that they are clean and dry. The same goes for reusable textile.
    • Do not mix clothing, textile and shoes with other waste. Doing so may lower the quality and limit options for reuse.