Archive for April, 2019

Coventry launches curbside clothing recycling program

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019 by Catherine

Coventry launches curbside clothing recycling program

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) – A local community is launching a new program to help consumers recycle clothes and shoes right at the curb.

Coventry partnered with Simple Recycling, a for-profit company, that will pick up unwanted clothes, shoes, purses, towels, sheets and even some small kitchen appliances, according to Melissa Soares from the town’s Department of Public Works.

“It’s all sorted,” Soares explained. “Some of them are sent to be sold directly as is. Other items are broken down and reused and repurposed, so the raw fabric will become something else.”

According to Simple Recycling, the average person throws away 68 pounds of clothing per year. Only about 15% of textiles are recycled, according to the EPA.

“We don’t want to take any of those donations away from our regular charitable organizations,” Soares added. “This is really just to capture those items that might not be suitable to be donated to a Savers or Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

Currently, Coventry pays $47 per ton to dispose of solid waste.

According to an annual town report, Coventry saved more than $800,000 in 2018 by diverting items away from the landfill. The town expects to see more savings this year because of its new partnership with Simple Recycling.

“We’re hoping to really see a difference in the amount of trash we dispose of,” Soares said.

Simple Recycling’s pink bags will be picked up on residents’ regular collection day.

The program is free for Coventry and its residents.

Skokie Textile Recycling Program

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019 by Catherine

Recycling Collection

An estimated 85 percent of textiles end up in landfills, despite charitable collection centers and pick up services. To help reduced this the Village of Skokie has partnered with Simple Recycling.

The Simple Recycling program works like this: Place textiles in the Simple Recycling plastic bag next to your recycling cart on recycling collection day and Simple Recycling collects the bags in a specially marked van.  Simple Recycling collection crews need to see your orange bag in order to collect it properly and to provide you with a replacement bag.

You will receive a replacement bag after your textiles are collected. To order extra bags, click here or call 866/835- 5068.

Any textiles in any condition are accepted. Here is a list of items to recycle: • Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing • Boots, shoes, sandals, socks, undergarments • Belts, ties, handbags, purses • Coats, jackets, gloves, hats, scarves • Sheets, pillow cases, pillows, blankets, comforters • Table linens, towels • Stuffed animals

Simple Recycling is a private company and cannot give a receipt for a tax deduction. Residents who would like a tax donation receipt or otherwise wish to contribute unwanted textiles, apparel items and household goods to a charity are encouraged to go to one of two charity centers in Skokie:

Goodwill Store and Donation Center
5518 West Touhy Avenue

Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
4335 Oakton Street

Simple Recycling sends collected material to a thrift store facility in Chicago, where roughly 30 percent of the material goes to local thrift stores, another 30 percent is appropriate for overseas markets and the remainder is processed into fiber or repurposed as industrial rags.

For more information on the Simple Recycling service, please contact the Public Works Department at 847/933-8427.

Wake Forest, NC Introducing Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories Recycling

Posted on: April 12th, 2019 by Catherine

April 10, 2019

The Town of Wake Forest, North Carolina and Simple Recycling are partnering to offer a new program that will allow Town sanitation customers to recycle clothing, shoes, and various accessories.

In the coming days, Town sanitation customers will receive an orange and green “Simple Recycling” postcard in the mail, along with an orange bag. Beginning the week of April 22, 2019, customers can fill the orange bag with pre-loved clothing, shoes, and accessories, then set the bag out next to their recycling cart on their normal collection day. Simple Recycling drivers will pick up the bags and leave replacement bags behind.

Simple Recycling is a for-profit recycler committed to offering residents the simplest and easiest way to keep usable materials from the landfill. Items Simple Recycling will accept include men’s clothing, women’s clothing, children’s clothing, coats and jackets, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, toys, blankets, drapes/curtains, pillows, sleeping bags, tools, silverware, dishes, pots/pans, and backpacks.

The average person throws away nearly 70 pounds of clothing, shoes, and accessories each year. By recycling these items, Wake Forest residents can keep them out of the landfill and make them available to others who can use them.

For more information, visit or contact Assistant Public Works Director Allison Snyder via email. Follow the company on Facebook here.

Plymouth Township begins ‘soft’ recycling program

Posted on: April 12th, 2019 by Catherine

Plymouth Township begins ‘soft’ recycling program

Apr. 10, 2019  PLYMOUTH EAGLE.

Plymouth Michigan News


Don Howard

Staff Writer

Plymouth Township officials recently joined other neighboring communities in approving a new no-charge to residents ‘soft recyclables’ curbside collection program, offering residents a way to keep usable materials from landfills and easily dispose of unwanted clothing and textiles.

Residents will receive two orange or green bags they can fill with unwanted clothing, textiles and other household items and place at the curb on their regular collection day. Simple Recycling, an Ohio for-profit corporation, will collect the orange bags and leave replacement ones behind.

According to a presentation by Solid Waste Coordinator Sarah Visel and Township Trustee Chuck Curmi at a recent board of trustees meeting, the service is being offered in addition to the current GFL recycling program at no cost to residents or the township. Visel said it’s not meant to dissuade donations to charitable organizations, rather provide an additional, convenient option to discard unwanted items instead of them ending up in landfills.

According to industry statistics and EPA estimates, of the 16 million tons of textiles generated in 2015, 10.5 million tons went to landfills, 3 million tons were incinerated, and about 2.5 million tons, or about 15 percent, was recycled.

The primary focus is on clothing and accessories and will include small usable household discards. Typical items are clothing, coats, jackets, backpacks, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, toys, blankets, drapes and curtains, pillows, sleeping bags, tools, silverware, dishes, and pots-pans.

All collected materials will be sorted locally and/or regionally based on quality and condition. The top quality materials will be resold to local thrift outlets, mid-grade is exported to international markets and “unusable” items are processed for raw materials.

Simple Recycling will pay the township one cent per pound of the gross receipts. Approximately 28 Michigan communities currently participate in the collection of soft recyclables, including Canton Township, Novi, Farmington, Wayne, Garden City, Milford and others.

Township officials approved the program at the March 12 board of trustees meeting by a 6 to 1 vote with Trustee Gary Heitman abstaining. The recycling is set to start June 20, pending contract approval by the township attorney, with an initial term of 4-years with an automatic renewal.

Town to start clothing recycling

Posted on: April 12th, 2019 by Catherine

New Recycling Service: Free Curbside Collection of Used Textiles and Small Household Items

Posted on: April 5th, 2019 by Catherine
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