Planet Aid Opens 9 Donation Centers in the DMV to Collect Used Clothes and Shoes


Planet Aid helps D.C., Maryland and Virginia reduce textile waste in landfills

Elkridge, Maryland - [OCT. 26, 2023] - Planet Aid, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that pioneered textile reuse, is excited to announce the opening of nine, state-of-the-art donation centers serving the D.C., Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area. These new donation centers provide a convenient and responsible way for DMV residents to donate used clothes and shoes to be reused and recycled instead of being dumped in landfills.

DMV residents are encouraged to donate their used textiles at one of these nine locations:

  • 6250 Columbia Crossing Cir, Columbia MD, 21045
  • 4310 Montgomery Rd, Ellicott City MD, 21043
  • 915 Chesapeake Ave, Annapolis MD, 21403
  • 441 Outlet Center Dr, Queenstown MD, 21658
  • 8223 Elliott Rd, Easton MD, 21601
  • 4313 Ebenezer Rd, Nottingham MD, 21236
  • 2633 Annapolis Rd, Hanover MD, 20176
  • 12100 Central Ave, Bowie MD, 20721
  • 45575 Dulles Eastern Plaza, Sterling VA, 20166

Find the nearest Planet Aid donation center at:

Cutting the ribbon on a new Planet Aid donation center

Greener Communities

Planet Aid donation centers are the latest innovation in textile reuse and recycling, helping to keep used clothes and shoes out of landfills at no cost to the community. The donation centers' lighting and 24-hour video monitoring are solar-powered and provide safety and security for donors. They are made from refurbished shipping containers and are designed to be weather and tamper resistant.

The donation center and surrounding area are regularly serviced and cleaned by Planet Aid's experienced team to ensure a welcoming environment and positive experience for all donors.

With more than 25 years of experience, Planet Aid has consistently been a trailblazer in the reuse of clothes and shoes. Since its founding in 1997, the organization has collected over 1.7 billion pounds of used clothes and shoes. The donation centers are the latest effort by Planet Aid to provide cleaner, safer, more efficient and more convenient collection methods in order to generate more funds to support crucial community development programs.

Community Development

Planet Aid uses funds raised from donated clothes to support community development initiatives in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, and Africa. By donating used clothes and shoes to Planet Aid, DMV residents directly contribute to initiatives that foster education, health and wellness, sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship.

"Planet Aid is committed to creating a sustainable future for all," said Planet Aid President and CEO Fred Olsson. "Our new donation centers in the DMV are a testament to our dedication to reducing textile waste, fostering community development, and protecting the environment."

Reducing Landfill Waste and Negative Environmental Impacts

Textile waste has become a critical issue worldwide, with harmful consequences for the environment. Landfills are overloaded with discarded clothing and shoes, contributing to pollution and resource depletion. The textile industry's resource-intensive nature also exacerbates environmental issues. Planet Aid's donation center offers a no cost, practical solution for Massachusetts residents to clean out their closets responsibly.

About Planet Aid
Planet Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to keep used clothes and shoes out of landfills and fund community development projects in the U.S. and around the world. With a commitment to sustainability and innovation, Planet Aid has collected over 1.7 billion pounds of shoes and clothes in its more than 25 years of operation, making a significant impact on both the environment and the lives of people in need. Planet Aid operates numerous solar-powered donation centers across the country to encourage responsible recycling and donations. More at

Media contact
Haley Chitty
Planet Aid Communications Manager