How to Dispose of Duvets and Pillows

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Over 14 million pillows, duvets, and mattresses end up in landfills every year in the UK. The Environmental Agency (EA) suggests using alternative disposal methods to protect the environment. Before throwing an old duvet or pillow in the rubbish bin, consider reusing them around your house. 

You can also donate your old or overuse duvets and pillows to a local charity organization or an animal shelter. 

That way, you can prevent throwing out these items and reduce household waste. In today’s post, we will discuss disposing of duvets and pillows. Read on!

Disposing of Duvets and Pillows 

If you have old duvets and pillows, you can dispose of them in an eco-friendly manner instead of throwing them into a rubbish bin. 

Duvets and pillows can fill up your garbage bin or small skip, and you won’t have enough space for other waste materials. Here are few ways to dispose of your old duvets and pillows. 

Donate Your Duvets and Pillows 

If your duvets and pillows are in good condition, you can give them to a family member, relative, or friend. 

You can also sell these items or offer them online. There are various sites that purchase lightly used and old pillows, such as and 

Most charity organizations won’t accept old pillows and duvets. Still, some may receive these items, but it is crucial to check with the organization before taking duvets or pillows for donation. 

An animal rescue charity, local animal shelter, or homeless shelter may accept duvets and pillows as donations. 

As always, check if any charity organisation wants these items before donating. Otherwise, they will dispose of the duvets and pillows, meaning these items will still end up in landfill sites, impacting the environment. 

Reuse Duvets and Pillows 

You can use old duvets and pillows for pets bedding if you fail to find charity organisations or shelter homes that accept these items as donations. 

If you don’t have a cat or dog at home, you can ask a friend or relative and see if they could use these items. 

You can use the filling for stuffing cushions and draft excluders. For instance, you can use them for toys. However, if you have a young child who uses the toy, make sure you wash the filling and clean it before use. 

Some people compost feathers from duvets and pillows, and If you want to use this option, make sure you don’t empty the old duvet or pillow into the compost bin on a windy day. 

Contact Your Local Council 

You can’t donate or reuse your old duvets and pillows if they are not in good condition. The good news is that you can still dispose of it in a more eco-friendly way. 

Most kerbside collections run by local councils accept textile materials for recycling. 

Contact your local council and check whether they accept duvets and pillows for recycling. A local recycling centre may have a textile bin where you can throw your old duvets and pillows. 

So, these are a few options that you can use to dispose of, recycle, or reuse your old duvets and pillows. 

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