Cotton Waste

We are among the largest exporters of refined cotton waste and yarn waste from India to countries like England, France, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan – known for their rigorous quality standards. We source cotton waste from select spinning mills and process it at our state-of-the-art workshops to produce contamination free waste that has varied applications across key industries. We are recognised for delivering best services, consistently meeting client demands and instilling trust.

To obtain high-quality refined cotton waste, we handpick spinning mills that stand up to our stringent and specific criteria like production technology, capacity, quality and process control, quality compliance of finished products and ability to sustain and maintain timely performance. In addition, we ensure that international norms on child labour, environment and society are adhered to. Our Supply Chain is primarily concentrated in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu, where most of the ginning and spinning industries are located.

These mills have varied systems in place where older mills use conveyor belts and new units have installed automated processes to collect and bale-press waste. Our preference of automated units ensures minimal human intervention across stages and cleaner and less contaminated cotton waste.

We further process cotton waste at our dedicated units to further reduce the impact of foreign contaminants like yarn, polyester etc and be quality compliant with stringent paper mills and surgical cotton standards. Other applications of cotton waste include paper making, surgical, O/E spinning, automobile industry, tissue paper, bedding, manuring for mushrooms, and more.

Applications & Uses

From mulch to fertilizer, home heating to cattle feed, cotton waste is a multiuse product.

Multi-industry use: Cotton waste (mainly comber) is used in the paper industry for making bond or currency papers and handmade art papers. Medically, it is used to make absorption cotton, cotton buds and in bandages. It is used in chemical industries for pulp and cellulose production. And makes low count course yarns in open end spinning mills. As fuel, cotton waste has an energy value of 8,000-9,000 Btu/lb –ideal for use in wood-burning boilers. Cloth-cutting is used in upholstery, mattress and bedding industries, and are used for wiping and polishing in automotive and hardware industries. In non-woven industries, they are used for embroidery backing paper.

Agricultural use: Cotton waste from fibre manufacturing facilities typically contains high fibre (above 7%) and low protein (4 to 9%). A North Carolina State University (NCSU) Cooperative Extension Service research shows that cotton waste has excellent potential as a substitute for hay as well as a bulking ingredient in higher protein supplements for growing calves and dry brood and lactating cows.
Cotton waste has high water retention capacity, sufficient carbon-to-nitrogen ratios, and low heavy metal content. These characteristics make cotton waste viable for direct land application as well as for composting for the production of high-grade mulch, top dressing, potting mix, etc.

Unconventional use: It has now been found that cotton waste with 5 to 7.5% seeding material like cow dung or pig dung at temperatures of 30 to 35 degrees C generates bio gas continuously, with a reasonably high yield from the tenth day after feeding. Thus cotton waste can efficiently be used as potential resource for biogas generation if proper conditions are maintained.


 A robust network of specialist spinning mills and strong shipment pre-planning enables us to deliver all kinds of waste in any yearly quantity. We are continuously seeking to increase our capacities with the goal of doubling our capacity in the near future.


We provide cotton waste to customers using reliable, world-class and advanced packaging solutions, that are sea or air-worthy. Cotton and its by-products are packed in standard bales wrapped in cotton cloth with PVC belts. This eliminates the need of old human-led processes using conveyor belts and enables us to reduce the impact of foreign contaminants like yarn, polyester etc. Finally this is processed at our dedicated units to be quality compliant.

Quality Control

We handpick spinning mills from across India based on critical factors like production technology, capacity, process control, packaging, storage, equipment, quality compliance of finished products and ability to sustain and maintain timely performance. This stringent procedure is a good starting point for us to maintain water-tight quality control at all times. Herein, we use our personal monitor to examine contamination in the cotton waste. This can happen due to various reasons – namely storage of cotton waste in PP bags, manual loading and unloading in the pressing unit, old equipment. To avoid this, we procure our goods from trusted mills that we collaborate with.

Any pre-shipment and post-shipment inspection by 3PQC professional agencies such as SGS and Wakefield is welcome and comprises three broad categories: (a) to ensure an effective sampling based on 2%, 5% and 10% random selection and sealing of the sampled lots so that the same quality is delivered; (b) testing of selected representative samples as per international norms (c) ensure the sealed cargo lots are standard packed and loaded in containers.

Types of Cotton Waste

Comber noil

Cotton Comber or Comber Noil is a by-product of the yarn spinning industry produced when cotton is combed to remove short fibres. Being trash free, it has varied uses in the Security paper and medical industry and also as a blend for good quality cotton in OE spinning.


Flat (Upper Carded Waste)

Cotton flat is a by-product of the yarn spinning industry produced in the first carding machine. This fibre is usually longer and has higher trash compared to comber noil.


Dropping (Lower Carding Waste)

High in trash, cotton dropping is obtained during yarn manufacturing. Its low cost and less fibre content makes it ideal for spinning low count yarn.



Clean Likkerin (Carding Waste No.1)

Lickerin is also a by-product obtained during yarn manufacturing. Being fibre-rich and low cost, it is valuable in low count yarn spinning.




It is a slightly twisted sliver or roll of cotton created by spinning machines during the process of straightening fibres.  Since combining several such slivers produces a very thick rope of cotton fibres, the slivers are separated into rovings directly after being combined, and then used in the spinning process.


Sweeping waste is a variety that does not stretch and break easily. It can be cleaned upto 2%, and this makes it conducive for a wide variety of applications.

Cotton Yarn Waste & Denim Yarn Waste:

We supply 100% Cotton Yarn Waste from the count of 21s to 80s and with a monthly capacity of 10 Containers.

Other kinds of wastes available:

Other wastes include are as follows, also know with by a variety of other names in the international market.

•    Card fly
•    Penamafil cotton
•    Cotton hard waste
•    Bond flat stripes
•    Cotton coil: for nail services or general spa use, for hair services, for assorted clinical uses

Cotton yarn waste

 Cotton yarn waste is widely used in automotive, car manufacturers, printing, marine, hardware, textile Industry and heavy machinery manufactures and mining industries for cleaning machinery. Our yarn waste is 100% cotton, is contamination free and is packed densely in full pressed bales.

These include:

  • Mill Yarn Waste (Hard Waste)
  • Size Yarn Waste (Sizing Waste)
  • Loom Yarn Waste
  • Scaling yarn waste

Highly water-absorbent, soft and affordable, cotton yarn waste is ideal for making mats, mops, wiping cloth and cloth dolls.

Hosiery Waste (Clips & Cuttings)

We offer durable and cost-efficient 100% cotton hosiery clips and cuttings across lengths and colours.

  • 100% Cotton Cuttings
  • Poly cotton & Poly Nylon mix cuttings

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