Take to a Flag Disposal Box
Many Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts and state and county government offices have official flag disposal boxes outside of their buildings. You can drop off any old or unwanted U.S. flags for respectful disposal.
Take to an American Legion
Most American Legions, VFWs and Boy Scout Troops will accept old flags and retire them respectfully in their next flag disposal ceremony.
Drop Off at a Police Station
Police stations also collect old flags for respectful disposal.
Retiring Flags at Your Home
A safe method to retire a flag at home is to bury it respectfully in a ceremony. Other respectful methods that can be done at home can be found here.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Bring to a Textile Recycler
Most flags are made from cloth that can be taken to a textile recycler to be recycled with other worn out clothing and textiles. Some major clothing recyclers include Goodwill, The Salvation Army, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Savers and American Textile Recycling Service.
Ways to Reuse
Donate to a Cemetery or Funeral Home
Flags that are still in usable condition can be donated to a national cemetery or funeral home.
Donate to Stars for Our Troops
Mail unwanted 3’ x 5’ flags with embroidered stars to Stars for Our Troops. They cut out the stars and mail them to active military, veterans and first responders as a show of support and respect.