Archive for September, 2019

Stamford residents filling pink bags with clothing in curbside pickup program

Posted on: September 30th, 2019 by Catherine

STAMFORD – Since July, pink bags have dotted the curbs for pickup on recycling day.

Residents fill them with unwanted clothing, drapes bedspreads, blankets and other textiles, plus shoes, sneakers, belts, handbags and similar items, and a company contracted by the city collects them for free.

The city’s recycling chief, Dan Colleluori, started the program to get the materials out of the garbage stream, which saves on hauling costs and diverts it from landfills.

It’s catching on.

In the six weeks between July 15, when the program started, and the end of August, 27,740 pounds of shoes, clothing and other textiles were collected at the curb – almost the same amount as residence brought to the Magee Avenue recycling center in six months, Colleluori said.

“I’m pleased with the program,” he said.

So is Marjorie Hogan. The Glenbrook resident said the pink bags provided a convenient way to clean closets.

“I am getting out my comforters for the winter, and I looked at two duvet covers and I thought, I’ve had these for 15 years. Time to go” Hogan said. “I put them in a pink bag and they took it away and left me a couple more pink bags.”

She doesn’t put clothing in the bags, Hogan said – that goes to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which has a hall on Greyrock Place.

“The Hibernians are opening a thrift shop and asking for donation, so I will bring clothing there,” Hogan said. “But I will put linens out in the pink bags.”

That’s the way it’s supposed to work, Colleluori siad.

“We hope people continue to donate to charities, but more than 80 percent of textiles waste goes in the garbage, so if curbside pickup gets some of it recycled, it’s a good thing,” he said.

The city collects 40,000 tons of trash a year, and 6,000 tons of it is textiles, Colleluori said. If all of those textiles were recycled, the city would save $420,000 a year in garbage hauling costs.

On top of that, the contractor, Simple Recycling of Ohio, pays the city 2 cents a pound, for a total revenue so far of about $550.

The operation depends on electronic tablets equipped with GPS that Simple Recycling installed in eight city recycling trucks. When city drivers are out collecting recyclables from the green bins, they tap a button on the tablet each time they spot a pink bag, which send a GPS coordinates for that address to Simple Recycling.

Drives for Simple Recycling then pick up the bags at the identified addresses.

As with most new programs, this one has kinks, Colleluori said, and hes’s trying to work them out.

One problem can be solved with education.

“Some people think it’s our recycling trucks that pick up the pink bags. They see our trucks in front of their house and it drivers away without the bags, and they call to say it wasn’t collected,” Colleluori said. “But Simple Recycling picks up the bags after we’re gone. They work until 5 p.m. so bags may be picked up until that time.”

The other problem must be solved with money.

It’s that the city trucks fitted with electronic tables don’t always make it to the road, Colleluorie siad.

“A lot of our trucks are odd,” he said. “We’re busting hydraulic lines and having problems every day. It;s a juggle to get them out on their routes.”

When the regular trucks are held back for repairs, other trucks not fitted with electron tablets are sent out.

“Rights not those drivers have no way to ‘ping’ Simple Recycling to let them know where bags are waiting for pickup,” Colleluori said.

Many recycling and garbage trucks in the fleet of 40 should be replaced, he said, but the city recently has spent much of its capital budget on the new Strawberry Hill school, new police headquarters, and the extensive repairs to leaky school buildings that were discovered last year to be infested with mold.

“From what I understand, New York City replaces its trucks every four or five years, and we have trucks that are much older that that,” Colleluori said.

A truck can cost from $270,000 to $320,000, he said. e is applying for state and federal grants that he hopes could fund the purchase of perhaps 10 trucks. But they are reimbursement grants so the city would have to outlay the money first, Colleluori said.

Residents whose oink bags are not picked up should report it to the city’s online citizens’ service site, FIxItStamford. To request pink bags, email Simple Recycling at [email protected] or call them at (866) 835-5068.

Over the summer Simple Recycling sent pink bags and instructions to about 20,000 Stamford households, and Sonny Wilkins, company vice president. The initial response has been good, he said.

“I would expect about 15,000 to 20,000 pounds a month,” Wilkins said, and in August, the first full month of the Stamford program, 14,000 pounds were collected.

“The initial challenge is letting people know about the program,” he said. “We’ll see more when more people know about it.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reported that 16 million tons of textiles are thrown away each year, and 85 percent ends up in landfills.

The pink bags are delivered to a facility Simple Recycling rents on Fairfiled Avenue, where they are weighed then trucked out to be sorted and sold to thrift stoes tha resell items or companies that make rags or convert textiles in insulation, carpet padding and other products.

Simple Recycling operates in 210 cities and towns nationwide, Wilkins said. In Connecticut, it has contracts with three other municipalities – Stratford, Milford and Orange.

Hogan said she feels strongly about recycling.

“I’m 100 percent behind it,” she said. “Now I can do it right in front of my house.”


Recycling is so simple with Simple Recycling

Posted on: September 30th, 2019 by Catherine

Did you know you can recycle clothing and small household items alongside your regular trash/recycling pick up every week?  The City of Montgomery began a partnership with Simple Recycling in December of 2018, and it costs you and the City nothing to participate.  The City earns $20 for each ton of materials collected!

According to the EPA, only 15 percent of clothing is donated or recycled in areas where no curbside program is offered, which means 85 percent of items end up in landfills.  While donations to local charities are still encouraged, this program is intended to capture materials that would otherwise go into the landfill.

What can I recycle?

  • Clothing and Accessories: Adult and children’s clothing, coats, hats, jewelry, purses, backpacks, and shoes. Items must be dry and clean (not wet or moldy) and may be in either reusable/resaleable or damaged (stained, torn, irreparable) condition.
  • Household Items: Bedding (blankets, pillows, sleeping bags), Kitchen items (dishes, glassware, silverware, pots and pans), Housewares (lamps, mirrors, pictures, radios, small furniture, tools, toys), and small appliances in working condition (toasters, microwaves, coffee makers, irons, hairdryers, etc.)  Household items should be in fair, working order with the purpose of reuse.

How does it work?

  1. Place acceptable items in specially marked Simple Recycling bags, or other weatherproof plastic bags marked “Simple Recycling.”
  2. Set the bags curbside, about 3 feet from your Rumpke recycling container, on your normal collection day.
  3. Items that are too large for the bag, but small enough for one person to lift, may be placed at the curb with a “Simple Recycling” tag affixed.
  4. After collection, the Simple Recycling team will leave behind orange replacement bags for future use. So Simple!

More questions?

For more information on this program, go to this page on the City website.  You may also contact Simple Recycling directly at 866-835-5068 or visit their website to request orange recycling bags or for additional information.

Textile Recycling Program Launch

Posted on: September 27th, 2019 by Catherine

09/24/2019 2:46 PM

Going green? Go pink!

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by Catherine

Free curbside textile recycling to launch Sept. 30

Posted on: September 16th, 2019 by Catherine
Post Date:09/13/2019 2:54 PM

Beginning on September 30, 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. The Village of Hoffman Estates is providing this new service in partnership with Simple Recycling ( The service is free to residents.

Approximately one week before the program’s September 30 launch date, Simple Recycling will send informational mailers to homes that receive Groot trash and recycling collection. The mailers will contain free 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, regular trash bags that are clearly marked for Simple Recycling will also be accepted. Residents can then place the bags at the curb on their normal recycling collection day (alongside, not inside, the recycling cart). Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick them up, free of charge. It’s that simple! Simple Recycling’s drivers will leave replacement bags, and additional bags can also be picked up at Village Hall beginning in late September.

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.

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.

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.

Simple Recycling aims to change all that. The company provides free curbside collection and recycling of unwanted textiles and housewares to communities across the United States. Currently, Simple Recycling serves nearly two million households across eight states, and will soon be serving residents here in Hoffman Estates.

For more information about the Simple Recycling program, residents can call (866) 835-5068 or visit Simple Recycling’s FAQ page. Questions can also be submitted to the Village’s sustainability staff at [email protected].


Public Works Granby Drummer

Posted on: September 3rd, 2019 by Catherine

Trash holiday:  Monday, Sept. 2 – Labor Day is a holiday for Paine’s Inc. All trash pickups will be delayed by one day the week after the holiday.

Transfer Station extended hours: The Transfer Station will be open Wednesday mornings from 8 a.m. until noon beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11. The extended hours will be in effect through Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Textile recycling: Pink textile bags are picked up during recycling weeks. The bags should be placed next to your barrels. Simple Recycling accepts clothing, shoes, accessories and small household items. If you need additional bags, you can either call Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068 or stop by the Granby DPW.

Shred-It: A paper shredding event will be held at 52 North Granby Road from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 5. Proof of Granby residency is required. Documents are shredded on-site. Plastic bags cannot go into the shredder.  Please bring items in paper bags or in containers that can be emptied into the barrels.

Recycle CT: Check it out: Do you have questions about what can and cannot go in your recycling bin? Recycle CT is a website designed to answer your questions. Sign on and try the recycling wizard. Simply type in the name of an item and you will be directed on how to dispose of it properly. You can find it at

Yard Waste: Please be aware that yard waste should not be placed in your trash or recycling barrels. Yard waste has been banned from curbside trash barrels since 1998. Grass, leaves and brush should either be composted on-site or brought to the Granby Transfer Station.

Hazardous Waste: the next hazardous waste collection will be Saturday, Nov. 9

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