THE Bathurst Waste Management Centre is trialling a new system in an effort to reduce the amount of clothing going into landfill.
Bins from Textile Recyclers Australia were delivered to the tip in December to give people a place to throw away old clothes.
The bins also accept handbags, shoes, towels and sheets.
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Textiles Recyclers Australia repurposes the clothing, with the first bin for quality wearable items that are sorted and sent overseas to developing countries, and the second and third bins taking items that are damaged for recycling either into new clothing or for use in other industries.
Solid waste supervisor Jenni Cartwright said the bins keep filling up and have had to be collected multiple times since the trial began.
"Because it is a trial, they really didn't know what to expect, but because Bathurst is such a central location, we do get a lot more in," she said.
Ms Cartwright said it is part of a broader effort to recycle more and extend the life of Bathurst's landfill.
"We are trying to do a lot more recycling of a lot more things than we did before," she said.
"It'll mean that the landfill, we will be able to use it for a lot longer and it'll cost ratepayers a lot less money in the end."
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Mayor Bobby Bourke has fully embraced the trial, delivering excess items from the Bathurst Community Op Shop to the bins.
He wants the system to become a permanent fixture.
"This is a trial and the trial has shown that people will use it if we provide it," he said.
"Long-term, we need bigger and more bins to meet the demand.
"The worst thing you can do is throw it in the landfill, because it can be used overseas in desperate countries that need a lot of clothing.
"It's unbelievable how much clothing is out there. We have a recycling thing for cans and bottles, but this is more of an environmental impact people don't realise."
The trial of the bins is set to end in February and will be reviewed by both parties.