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Somerville curbside textile recycling begins July 30

Posted on: July 25th, 2018 by Adam Winfield

Somerville curbside textile recycling begins July 30
On July 24, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Available to residences that receive City trash and recycling services

Each year, only 15 percent of all unwanted clothing in the United States is donated or recycled while approximately 14.3 million tons of clothing (or about 80 pounds per person) end up in landfills. To help divert more clothing out of the local waste stream, the City of Somerville will soon offer a program that makes it easier for residents to recycle unwanted clothes and accessories.

Beginning July 30, the City will launch curbside textile recycling pickup to residences already receiving City trash and recycling services. Textile recycling pickup, which will be done by City contractor Simple Recycling, will occur on the same schedule as each household’s weekly trash and recycling pickup.

To prepare for the new service, two free ink Simple Recycling bags were recently mailed along with informational materials to eligible households. After July 30, eligible residents with clothing or other household textiles to discard can simply place them in the pink Simple Recycling bags and put them out on the curb next to their trash and recycling on pickup day. Items to be collected include clothing, shoes, jewelry, blankets, drapes, dishes, silverware, and more. For a complete list, visit Wherever Simple Recycling picks up filled bags, they will leave behind free replacement pink bags.

“We still want residents who already donate directly to area nonprofits or other clothing collection efforts to continue to do so, but this new service aims to make recycling easier for people who otherwise wouldn’t donate or recycle their old clothing. It will reduce waste, which is good for the environment, and reduce waste removal costs, which his good for local tax payers,” said Oliver Sellers Garcia, Director of the City’s Office of Sustainability and Environment.

Simple Recycling works with several thrift stores to resell up to 20% of the collected material. Of the remaining roughly 80% of the material that is not sellable in the United States, some is sent for sale internationally and the remainder is used as raw material. Overall, about 40% of collected material is reused or repurposed as secondhand clothing, 30% is reused as rags and/or industrial material such as absorbents, and 30% is recycled into home insulation, carpet padding, and raw material for the automotive industry.

Eligible residents may request additional bags by calling Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068, visiting, or picking up bags at the City Hall welcome desk at 93 Highland Ave. Residents who wish to donate to a local organization can find a list of nonprofits who will schedule curbside pickup (click “Charitable Donations”). To learn more about the City’s Curbside Textile Recycling Program, visit

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected]

~City of Somerville

Avon Lake residents can recycle clothes, other household items soon

Posted on: July 6th, 2018 by Adam Winfield

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake residents will soon have a new way to discard of unwanted clothing, without the worry of sending extra trash to rot in a landfill.

Simple Recycling will be available in the city starting July 16, giving residents a more eco-conscious way to dispose of household items like clothing, bedding and dishes. Free to residents and the city, trucks from Simple Recycling will stop on regular garbage days and collected items bagged in their provided green or orange bags from the curb.

“You make the call to them, they bring the bag(s) to you and you place them out with regular trash and they come through city every Monday (to collect them),” Avon Lake Public Works Director Joseph Reitz explained.

Reitz said the city opted into the program after a vote by City Council in April. The city was contacted by Simple Recyling, and talked to other cities including Bay Village and North Ridgeville, which already have the program, and Republic Services, which provides the city’s regular trash collection. He said Republic Services agrees with Simple Recycling’s program, which keeps these articles out of landfills.

Bill Wilk, municipal representative for Northeast Ohio and part of Michigan for Simple Recycling, explained the items collected by Simple Recycling are split into three categories.

The first, which includes items of the best quality, are sent to Value World — a thrift store chain the company has a partnership with. The second-best items are collected and sent to developing nations. And the items that aren’t wearable or useable in their original state are recycled into other items including shop rags and stuffing for car seats.

“The United States generates an average of 25 billion pounds of textiles (thrown away) per year and 85 percent of that goes into the landfills,” he said. “Clothing and household textiles currently make up 5.2 percent of the waste in landfills and any textile item … can be recycled.”

Wilk stressed while the company partners with a thrift store and provides textile items in economically stressed areas, it is not a nonprofit, and is not in competition with local charities like the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Simple Recycling makes a profit by charging Value World for the items they take, and by charging a fee for items sent overseas and those sent to other recycling companies.

“We are not a charitable organization, we are a recycling company,” he said. “Right now to the best of my knowledge, we’re the only company in the area that offers that service … we eliminate hundreds of tons of material from going into the landfill every year.”

He said the city will get a rebate for everything the company picks up in Avon Lake — at a penny per pound.

“Every time our truck returns from a city and it gets loaded, every single bag is weighed and the municipalities receive a check once a month,” he said.

Leading up to the program’s start in Avon Lake, residents will receive mailings from the company detailing what items it will and will not collect, along with two orange bags to collect items in. For additional bags, residents can call toll-free at (866) 835-5068 and have them mailed.

While the service has yet to start in Avon Lake, Wilk said they’ve received positive feedback from the cities and residents who already are using the program.

“Not only are the municipalities happy, we get calls from residents commending us for our service, the fact that we’re keeping all this material out of landfills,” he said.

Contact Carissa Woytach at 440-329-7245 or [email protected]

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