Clothes that fill your wardrobe? Maybe you should give it away, sell it or recycle it

This may be the year you finally clean out your closets to see what looks good on you, what doesn’t, and what fashion items you’ll never want to see again! We found out in Consumer Reports how to avoid the trash and donate, recycle or make money.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 9 million tons of clothing ends up in landfills in one year. It’s bad for the planet and possibly a lost opportunity to make money. Turning your unwanted clothes into cash is easier than ever, according to Consumer Reports.

“EBay and Facebook Marketplace were the only games in town. But there are a growing number of digital stores and phone apps designed to sell whatever you want to get rid of,” said Consumer Reports editor Kevin Doyle.

READ: Got old technology? Here’s how to know whether to sell it, give it away or recycle it

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On sites like Poshmark and Vinted, you list your item at a price you choose, then ship it directly to the buyer with a prepaid shipping label.

With ThredUp and The RealReal, you send your unwanted clothes, bags and accessories to be sorted, priced and put up for sale.

“Whether online or in person, vintage and consignment shops won’t take it all. Often it’s because of the condition of the item or that it’s out of fashion. So if you can’t sell it, but it’s still usable, donate! Doyle said.

Goodwill, for example, collects and sells donated items to support education and job placement programs, and you could qualify for a tax deduction.

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For a local option for old prom dresses, check out high schools. They often want to donate dresses to students who cannot afford to buy one.

You can also share your stuff with members of your community using the Freecycle Network or BuyNothing Facebook groups, where members give and receive free items.

And if there’s really no hope for your old stuff, recycle it. You can check to find a textile recycling center near you.

Before buying new clothes, be aware that some brands have programs to take back and resell items at a discount. They include:

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