Recycle your unwanted clothing and textiles for free

Monday, 5 June 2023

Penrith City Council is excited to announce its first Clothing and Textile Drop-off Event will be held on Saturday, 10 June.

This free event will be held at The Kingsway Playing Fields in Werrington from 9am - 3:30pm and offers residents the opportunity to responsibly dispose of unwanted household clothing and textiles, promoting resource recovery and diverting waste from landfill.  
A wide range of textile items will be accepted, including clothing, shoes, accessories, and linens, as long as they are in a clean condition.

Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen is encouraging the community to make use of the free event, which she has called “a great initiative.”
“Penrith City Council is a proven leader in waste management and this is another example of finding innovative ways to cut costs for residents while effectively reducing our environmental impact,” Cr Hitchen said.
“If you have any new but unused items or unwanted clothes, linen and towels at home, give them a wash and bring them to The Kingsway this weekend,” she said.


“By reducing our clothing and textile waste, our City will be contributing to the circular economy and these items will be repurposed for a good cause – I would love to see lots of community members at this free event.”

All collected items will be recycled by Textile Recyclers Australia (TRA), where they will be sorted, cleaned, shredded, and processed into new products made from recycled fibres, such as blankets, floor rugs, and tote bags.

Any new items with tags will be donated to local charities, including The Haven – Nepean Women's Shelter and WestCare Community Services.  

To ensure the safety and efficiency of the event, residents are asked to pack their items in the boot of their cars and to remain in their vehicles while our Waste team safely unpacks their items at the event.  

Residents can visit Council's website at for a full list of accepted and non-accepted items.   
If residents are unable to attend the event, RecycleSmart offers a Power Pickup service year-round to collect unwanted clothing and other household problem waste for recycling or responsible disposal. For more information about this service, please visit  

This event is a NSW Environment Protection Authority 'Waste Less, Recycle More' initiative funded from the waste levy and has been initiated in conjunction with the Macarthur Strategic Waste Alliance.

Penrith City Council is proud to provide this opportunity for residents to make a positive impact on the environment and community. 

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Monday, 5 June 2023.