Frequently Asked Questions

Checkout our frequently asked questions below. If you still can't find your answer, please contact us.

What is Bag2School?

Bag2School is not a charity organisation. It is a business, which specialises in collecting and buying quality second-hand clothes in their original condition, which are then sold to wholesalers in emerging nations. Read more about who we are.

Which areas do you cover?

We operate across the majority of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. If you are unsure, please contact one of Bag2School Co-Ordinators on (ROI) 07493 73330 or (NI) 0035374 9373330 or email

Where do the clothes go?

Mostly they are shipped to Eastern Europe where a wholesaler then sorts them and sells them to market traders and boutiques at affordable prices. Read more about what happens to your clothing.

How much does it cost to set up a collection?

All collections and associated administration is FREE. Bag2School will provide you with clear bags and marketing material to promote your fundraiser.

What are we able to collect?

Please check out our items we accept page for a full list of items that we can and can’t accept for recycling.

How much do you pay per kilo or tonne of clothing?

We offer the best market price 40c per kilo which is €400 per tonne of clothing.

What is the difference between Reuse, Recycle and Reduce?

Bag2School's clothing is for reuse, i.e. someone will buy the clothing to wear. Recycle is where clothing will be shredded into raw material, that will then be used to make new products, like mattress fillings. Reduce is applicable when less material and energy is used to make the product.

Why should we give each pupil a bag rather than one per family?

The success of the collection depends on how motivated the pupils turn out to be. Therefore each child is given the responsibility by Bag2School to fill up their own bag and take it back to school.

There is no storage at school, so how will it work for us?

If you do not have any indoor storage or outside shelter please request to be the first pick up of the day at the time of booking.

What if it rains?

In the event of inclement weather please protect your B2S investment by covering with a plastic sheet or storing the bags undercover. Wet clothes cannot be re-used.

How often may we organise a collection with Bag2School?

As far as Bag2School is concerned, as many times as this is opportune and feasible. Most schools benefit from a summer and winter collection. However, in larger schools we find once a term produces the best results. We find that the pupils and their parents anticipate by saving up for the following collections.

Do you have any tips or resources for promoting my collection?

We do indeed – head over our promotion tips page for ideas on how to make the most from your collection, banners and flyers that you can print out.

Has your question not been answered yet? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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