Clothing now recycled at UF!

Is your closet bursting with items you no longer wear? UF now offers two opportunities for donating your unwanted clothing for reuse or recycling.

Gator Career Closet offers free professional clothing to help UF students look the part when interviewing for jobs or attending professional events. The organization is seeking clothing in good condition, including pant suits, skirt suits, collared shirts, blouses, blazers and jackets, ties, belts, dress shoes, purses, tote bags and briefcases. Donations can be dropped off anytime between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, on the third floor of Peabody Hall. For more information, see

Non-professional clothing, or clothes that are not in good shape, can be recycled through a campus partnership with Alachua County Habitat for Humanity.   Orange and blue collection boxes are located in back of Corry Village, between Maguire and University Villages, at the Norman Field parking garage #8, and on Panhellenic Drive.   Your donations will support the work of Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable housing to families in our community. See

The average US citizen throws away 70 pound of clothing and textiles each year. About 13 million tons will end up in U.S. landfills where they take hundreds of years to decompose.   If instead these items were recycled, they could be turned back into textiles to make new clothing or manufactured into products like fiber carpet pads and auto insulation. In January-February 2018 alone UF collected 1468 pounds of clothing through the Habitat for Humanity donation boxes. Recycling promotes sustainability through creating jobs and reducing environmental impacts.

Closes the loop…donate your unwanted clothes!

Published: April 20th, 2018

Category: News, Sustainability