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Municipal Textile Waste and Its Management

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Clothing and Textiles, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences,
  • 2The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara- 390002 INDIA

Res. J. Family, Community and Consumer Sci., Volume 3, Issue (1), Pages 1-6, March,27 (2015)


Municipal Waste, the trash consisting of everyday discarded items has been identified as one of the major cause of pollution. This waste includes products like paper, scraps of plastic, metals and food, textile etc. These components need to be addressed to reduce the pollution. Textile waste comprises of waste created at industrial level (damaged textile, cut and sew waste) and at household level (worn out clothes). The recycling by reprocessing and reusing of waste collected from both levels may help in reducing pollution to some extent. The textiles composition effect the method of recycling. Ways by which textiles can be recycled includes: i. Sending waste textile to the flocking industry where the shredded yarns are used for making filling material for automobile insulation and roofing felt. ii. Recreating new household items from used clothes. This Paper throws light on managing textile waste which is a component of the municipal waste and poses a threat to the environment. The methods suggested will drive a campaign towards reprocessing textile waste, utilizing waste and developing innovative products from the waste which in turn will help in reducing the textile waste to some extent in the municipal waste.


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