Coat hangers

Wooden coat hangers

Guidance

Coat hangers can be made from various materials – wood, metal or plastic. If you don’t need them they can often be donated to charity shops or given to dry cleaners and retailers who will use them again. They can also be taken to one of the north London Reuse and Recycling Centres and put into the relevant container.
They should not be put in with your recycling because the optical sorting system used by the Materials Recovery Facilities, that are used for sorting the recycling into different materials for onward transfer to a plant where the recycling is made into new products, cannot identify coat hangers or pick them out from the rest of the recycling. The metal coat hangers are also likely to get easily bent and caught in the Materials Recovery Facility machinery.