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What to do with bras?

14 Sep 21 1 minute read

From the pretty impulse buy that turned out to be uncomfortable or impractical, to the comfy old faithful that’s looking a bit worse for wear these days.

If you’ve got a bra or two hiding in the back of the drawer then don’t throw them in the bin, find out what you can do with your unwanted bras below.

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Household recycling collection

Bras are unsuitable for household recycling collections.

Recycling facilities exist

Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

Bras can be recycled in the clothing and textile containers at household waste recycling centres across Scotland.

Recycling facilities exist

Other recycling collections

National charities such as Against Breast Cancer collect bras for recycling - they raise funds for the charities and most bras are sent to developing countries where these items are not readily available. You can find your nearest collection point on their websites.

What can you do?

If in worn but good condition, check if your local charity shop will accept bras.

  1. Bras that are unsuitable for reuse should be recycled at your local household recycling centre.

  2. If in new condition, you could make some money and sell bras online using websites like eBay and Gumtree or locally at car boot sales.

Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.