Archive for July, 2019

811% increase in textile waste since 1960

Posted on: July 30th, 2019 by simple-admin No Comments

https://www.ecotextile.com/2019072924522/materials-production-news/811-increase-in-textile-waste-since-1960.html

WASHINGTON D.C. – Research conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that textile waste increased from 1.76 million tonnes in 1960 to 16 million tonnes in 2015, a rise of 811 per cent.

The amount of textiles which ended up in landfill has also seen a sharp increase, from 1.71 million tonnes in 1960 to 10.5 million tonnes in 2015 – which equates to around 66 per cent of textile waste.

Some categories of textiles have shown a more substantial waste growth than others. Plastic-based materials have the largest increase in textile waste since 1960 at 8,746 per cent, whilst both rubber and leather have also shown a noted increase at 361 per cent.

On a more positive note, recycled textiles have increased from 50,000 tonnes in 1960 to 2.5 million tonnes in 2015; however this should come as no surprise due to the growth of recycling as an option for the general public since the ‘60s.

The recycling rate for all textiles was 15.3 per cent in 2015, with 2.5 million tonnes recycled. Within this figure, the EPA says it estimated that the recycling rate for textiles in clothing and footwear was 14.2 per cent, based on information from the American Textile Recycling Service.

In May of this year, the Sustainable Fashion Academy’s Mike Schragger spoke with Nin Castle from Reverse Resources along with Ian Brown and Dale Floer from Scalable Garment Technologies. All three interviewees discussed their respective solutions for facilitating the transformation of textile waste into usable, and perhaps most crucially, valuable resources. You can read quotes from the interviews and listen to it in full here.

Web: www.epa.gov

Free Curbside Textile Recycling Service Coming To Orange

Posted on: July 29th, 2019 by Catherine No Comments

Free Curbside Textile Recycling Service Coming To Orange

Beginning the week of July 15, 2019, Orange residents will be able to recycle unwanted textiles and small household items simply by bagging them and leaving them at the curb on their regular recycling collection day.  Orange is providing the new service in partnership with Simple Recycling.  The service is free to residents and the Town.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 84% of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, and textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator.  On average, that works out to about 85 lbs. of textile items per person each year.  As a result, textiles make up more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the US.

Solon, Ohio-based Simple Recycling (www.simplerecycling.com) aims to change all that.  The company provides free curbside collection and recycling of unwanted textiles and small housewares to communities across the United States.  Currently, Simple Recycling serves over four million households across eight states and will soon be serving residents here in Orange.

In the week before the program’s July 15th launch date, Simple Recycling will send informational mailers to homes that receive recycling collection from the Town.  The mailers will contain free pink Simple Recycling bags.

When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted items, residents can place them in the bags.  If a resident doesn’t have enough bags, then it’s OK to use regular trash bags that are clearly marked for Simple Recycling.  Residents can then place the bags at the curb on their normal recycling collection day.  Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick them up, free of charge, and leave behind additional bags.

The company will accept a wide range of used textiles and small household items.  The list of accepted items includes all types of used or new clothing, boots and shoes, belts and ties, handbags, hats and gloves, toys, towels, sheets and blankets, small kitchen appliances, and more.  A complete list of accepted items can be found at SimpleRecycling.com.

The Simple Recycling service is not meant to compete with local charities.  Its purpose is to provide a convenient curbside collection option for residents who want it.  Ultimately, it’s about keeping those items out of the trash.

For more information about the Simple Recycling program, residents can call Public Works Office Manager Sylvie Napoli at (203) 891-4712 or visit https://www.orangerecycles.com/.

Milford going pink, in order to go green

Posted on: July 26th, 2019 by Catherine No Comments

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– If you just so happen to be driving through Milford on recycling day, you may notice pink bags sitting out with the recycling cans. The city has started a new program that’s aimed at improving the environment.

“It’s shocking, it’s staggering,” said Karen Fortunati, who’s with Milford’s Recycling Task Force. “What we are trying to do is change the way people think.”

Eighty-five percent of all discarded clothing ends up in a landfill. Milford is trying to change that by launching a new program with the help of a company called Simple Recycling.

“This actually makes money for the city of Milford. Not a lot, but every little bit helps,” said Milford Mayor Ben Blake.

Residents are getting pink bags. They’re encouraged to recycle items that ordinarily end up in the trash.

“Every resident who has municipal recycling should get one of these packages with a pink bag inside their mail,” said Mayor Blake.

“You fill the pink plastic bag, you put it alongside your recycling bin on recycling day and you’ll get a replacement bag,” explains Fortunati.

In terms of what you can put in the bag — clothing, shoes, blankets and towels just to name a few of the items. It doesn’t matter what condition they’re in.

You may be asking what happens to everything once it’s picked up. According to Simple Recycling:

  • 45% is reused as second-hand clothing
  • 30% is turned into cleaning rags
  • 20% is used as carpet padding and home insulation
  • 5% ends up as waste

The program is helping to reduce the amount of solid waste the city is paying for. Resident in Milford are reminded to put the pink bags next to your recycling can — and not in it.

“Hopefully it will make us think twice about something we are going to toss and say I can save this, re-purpose it and do something good with it,” said Fortunati.

Stratford launches free curbside textile recycling program

Posted on: July 23rd, 2019 by Catherine No Comments

Stratford launches free curbside textile recycling program

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STRATFORD — Stratford is partnering with Simple Recycling to provide residents with a free curbside textile recycling service to make the town more green.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about 85 pounds of textile items per person per year — old clothes, shoes, belts and handbags — end up in a landfill or incinerator.

The new program aims to make it easier for people to dispose of unwanted items in an environmentally friendly way, its supporters said.

Simple Recycling will provide residents with pink bags that they can fill and place at the curb on their regular recycling collection day.

The bags may be filled with used or new clothing, boots and shoes, belts and ties, handbags, hats and gloves, toys, towels, sheets and blankets and small kitchen appliances.

A full list of accepted items can be found on the company’s website, simplerecycling.com.

If a resident does not have a pink bag, they may use a regular garbage bag clearly marked for Simple Recycling instead.

When the Simple Recycling truck picks up the recycling, they will leave additional bags behind for future use. Residents can also request bags on the company’s website.

The Ohio-based for-profit company serves more than 4 million households across eight states and is used by 23 other towns and cities in Connecticut.

Milford launched its own program on July 10.

Stratford’s textile recycling concept originated with the town’s Green Task Force which included Mayor Laura Hoydick and Councilor Bill O’Brien, as well as state representatives Ben McGorty, R-122, and Joe Gresko, D-121.

“I’ve been an advocate for recycling for so many years and … there’s more need, now more than ever, to reduce and reuse,” said O’Brien.

O’Brien said that the task force had wanted to start the program earlier but had to wait for Simple Recycling to open a facility in Stamford that would be able to handle the influx of textile items.

All of the materials Simple Recycling picks up are graded and sorted regionally based on quality and condition.

The top quality materials will be resold to local thrift outlets; mid-grade items are exported to international markets.

Unusable items are processed for raw materials.

“This ultimately results in a more environmentally responsible handling of discarded textiles as well as significant cost-savings to the town,” said Hoydick.

The town recovers $20 per ton of textiles through the program. It would otherwise spend $63 per ton to burn the materials, said O’Brien.

For more information about the Simple Recycling program, residents can call the Department of Public Works at 203-385-4080.

Textile & Small Home Goods Recycling to begin July 22, 2019

Posted on: July 19th, 2019 by Catherine No Comments
Posted on: July 18, 2019

Beginning on July 22, 2019 Simple Recycling will be providing this FREE curbside collection service for pre-loved clothing, shoes, accessories and small household items. Place this bag out on your normal collection day, and a Simple Recycling Truck will pick it up.

Each residence will receive a mailer with one pink bag to start. Every time you put out a bag, the driver will leave a replacement bag in your mailbox. If you need additional bags, click here: https://simplerecycling.com/bag-request/

If you need additional bags or have questions on what can
be placed in the bags, visit www.SimpleRecycling.com , call
866-835-5068, or email info@simplerecycling.com .

Shrewsbury now have free curbside recycling for cloth, household items

Posted on: July 19th, 2019 by Catherine No Comments
Shrewsbury now have free curbside recycling for cloth, household items

The new service fits on regular collection days

Starting Monday, July 22nd, 2019, Shrewsbury residents will get a free curbside collection service for pre-used clothing, shoes, accessories, and small household items.

The service works like this: each residence will receive a mailer with one pink bag from Simple Recycling, the bag must be placed on the normal collection day, and a Simple Recycling Truck will pick it up.

All clothing, coats and jackets, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, toys, blankets, drapes/curtains, pillows, sleeping bags, tools, silverware, dishes, pots/pans, and backpacks; are the items residents can place in the recycling bags.

Curbside Clothing Recycling Begins In Milford

Posted on: July 17th, 2019 by Catherine No Comments

Curbside Clothing Recycling Begins In Milford

You’ll start to see colored bags next to recycling bins in the city soon. Here is how the program works.

By Rich Scinto, Patch Staff
MILFORD, CT — Milford’s curbside clothing recycling program has officially started. The city partnered with Simple Recycling, which mailed out informational flyers and collection bags to residents.

Residents can place clothing and shoes into the bags and leave them next to (not inside) the recycling bin on regularly scheduled recycling days.

Simple Recycling picks up the bags and sorts items. High quality items are resold to thrift outlets, mid-grade items go to international markets and unusable items are processed for raw materials. The company also accepted some other house goods.

The city will be paid $40 per ton of textiles collected instead of spending around $100 per ton for items that are tossed in the trash bin, according to the New Haven Register. Mayor Ben Blake said the program is a good alternative to throwing items out, but that residents who already donate items to Goodwill or other non-profits can continue to do so.

Clothing left curbside isn’t eligible for tax deductions because Simple Recycling isn’t a non-profit.

Drivers will leave replacement bags behind after bags are picked up. Residents can also visit simplerecycling.com, call 866-835-5068 or email info@simplerecycling.com to get additional bags.

Milford program makes it easier to recycle clothing and home goods

Posted on: July 11th, 2019 by Catherine No Comments

Milford program makes it easier to recycle clothing and home goods 

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Textile is the word of the day in Milford.

City officials held a short ribbon cutting ceremony July 10 in front of Milford City Hall to kick off a textile recycling program, which will see residents getting pink bags into which they can place clothing and other home goods for curbside pickup.

Bill Plantamura, the city’s sanitation foreman, said some people aren’t clear on what is included in a list of textiles.

“My own mother called me and asked what goes into the bag,” Plantamura said.

According to the Simple Recycling website, the for-profit company that will pick up the items, textiles include clothing, coats and jackets, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, blankets, even silverware and dishes, and more.

A complete list can be found on the company’s website, simplerecycling.com.

The Board of Aldermen voted last year to enter an agreement for “soft” recyclable pick up with Great Lakes Recycling, Inc., doing business as Simple Recycling, and Mayor Ben Blake pointed out this week that this is just another alternative for residents. It doesn’t mean residents shouldn’t donate their clothing and home goods to Goodwill, their church or other charity groups if that’s what they usually do.

“This is for the people that throw these into their garbage, and it ends up in the solid waste stream rather than being recycled,” Blake said.

Residents have received or will soon receive a packet in the mail including two pink bags for clothing and other items they want to get rid of. The bags will be picked up by Simple Recycling every other week on the same schedule as the city’s recycling pickups, starting July 15. The bags must be placed next to the recycling bin, not inside the bin.

Condominiums are not included in the program, but condominium residents may bring their textiles to the transfer station, where a bin will be placed.

The city will get $40 per ton of textiles, where it would have paid about $100 a ton to get rid of them if those items were thrown out with the trash.

During a meeting last year when the aldermen approved the agreement, Public Works Director Chris Saley said the city won’t make a lot of money on the program, but it’s the right thing to do.

“It’s really where we’re trying to go down the road,” Saley said last April. “A lot of people throw away their clothing and it goes to the burn plant.” He credited Plantamura with bringing the program here after meeting textile recyclers at a conference. Plantamura said bringing the program to Milford has been two years in the works.

Steve Johnson, the city’s open space and natural resource agent, focused on the environmental benefits too.

“The most important thing is we’re keeping it out of the landfill, for continuous use,” Johnson said.

Right now, only 15 percent of textiles get recycled, and the other 85 percent take up valuable space in waste-to-energy plants, according to the Simple Recycling website.

The textiles collected in Milford will go to Stamford to be sorted into three categories. Items in good shape will be sold to thrift stores; items in reasonable to good shape but perhaps out of date will be sold for a lesser amount to distributors that send them overseas, and items that cannot be used will be sold for even less to the recycling industry.

Residents can participate or not. If residents leave a bag or bags at curbside, Simple Recycling will replace them with empty bags when they pick them up. People can also go to the website and request more bags.

Sonny Wilkins of Simple Recycling couldn’t confirm what time of day the textile bags will be collected. Some of that will be determined as routes are worked out. Wilkins said Simple Recycling has been in business about five years and works with 200 municipalities in nine states.

Free Curbside Textile Recycling Coming To Stratford

Posted on: July 11th, 2019 by Catherine No Comments

Free Curbside Textile Recycling Coming To Stratford

Stratford residents will soon be able to recycle unwanted textiles and small household items by bagging them and leaving them at the curb.

By Anna Bybee-Schier, Patch Staff
Via the Town of Stratford: STRATFORD, CT — Beginning on July 15, 2019, Stratford residents will be able to recycle unwanted textiles and small household items simply by bagging them and leaving them at the curb on their regular recycling collection day. Stratford is providing the new service in partnership with Simple Recycling. The service is free to residents and the town.

The textile recycling concept originated with the town’s Green Task Force, which included Mayor Laura Hoydick and Councilor Bill O’Brien, as well as State Representatives Ben McGorty (R-122) and Joe Gresko (D-121).

“This is an important step in our continuing effort to get more items out of our waste stream and into our recycling stream,” said Mayor Laura Hoydick. “This ultimately results in a more environmentally responsible handling of discarded textiles as well as significant cost-savings to the town. This was one of the great ideas, like the Bigbelly solar trash compactors we launched last year, that resulted from the work of the Green Task Force that we are implementing.”

Mayor Hoydick joined Town Council members Jim Connor (R-8), Laura Dancho (R-10), Bill O’Brien (R-9) and Simple Recycling Vice President Sonny Wilkins in Stratford to commemorate the partnership.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 84% of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags and textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator. On average, that works out to about 85 pounds of textile items per person each year. As a result, textiles make up more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the U.S.

Stratford’s partnership with the Solon, Ohio-based Simple Recycling aims to change all that. The company provides free curbside collection and recycling of unwanted textiles and small housewares to communities across the United States. Currently, Simple Recycling serves over 4 million households across eight states and will soon be serving residents here in Stratford.

In the week before the program’s July 15 launch date, Simple Recycling will send informational mailers to homes that receive recycling collection from the town. The mailers will contain free pink Simple Recycling bags. Some residents may have already received them.

When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted items, residents can place them in the bags. If a resident doesn’t have enough bags, then it’s OK to use regular trash bags that are clearly marked for Simple Recycling. Residents can then place the bags at the curb on their normal recycling collection day. Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick them up, free of charge, and leave behind additional bags.

The company will accept a wide range of used textiles and small household items. The list of accepted items includes all types of used or new clothing, boots and shoes, belts and ties, handbags, hats and gloves, toys, towels, sheets and blankets, small kitchen appliances, and more. A complete list of accepted items can be found at SimpleRecycling.com.

The Simple Recycling service is not meant to compete with local charities. Its purpose is to provide a convenient curbside collection option for residents who want it. Ultimately, it’s about keeping those items out of the trash. The town recovers $20 per ton of textiles.

For more information about the Simple Recycling program, residents can call the Department of Public Works at 203-385-4080.

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