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Find out how to reduce, reuse and recycle zips.


Before thinking about reuse, recycling or disposal options for your zip, have you considered whether it could be repaired?

There are several repair cafes and groups in Suffolk who offer free help to local communities. Please visit the repair cafes page to find out more.


If the zipper is separate but still working, you can use it to replace broken zips on other garments. 


If the zip is detached and no longer working, you can recycle in the metal container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.

If the zip is still attached to the item (such as clothing, bag or pillowcase) but the item is unusable, then recycle the whole item in any textiles or clothing bank or at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.