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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

Framingham Recycles: Pink Bags, Clothing, & Textiles

Posted on: June 20th, 2019 by simple-admin No Comments

https://framinghamsource.com/index.php/2019/06/19/framingham-recycles-pink-bags-clothing-textiles/

Framingham Recycles: Pink Bags, Clothing, & Textiles
June 19, 2019 Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni 280 Views 0 Comments Framingham Recycles, Framingham Recycling Coordinator Stephen Sarnosky

FRAMINGHAM: When it comes to getting rid of old and unwanted clothing most people realize that these items probably have an afterlife but aren’t really sure how to dispose of them?

As a result, items such as coats, blankets, shoes and socks, and textile items such as luggage, bedsheets and bath towels tend to end up in a refuse container to be hauled away and buried in a landfill somewhere.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, up to 6% of all material going into landfills or burn facilities are considered to be clothing and textiles.

In this regard, the City of Framingham may have disposed of 788 tons of textiles in 2017.

In this same period, the City recovered 51 tons of textiles using its clothing and textile recovery program.

The Department of Public Works, Framingham has had a long-standing clothing and textile recovery program in place and this program has paid dividends over the years. Dividends in the way of reduced refuse and recycling tonnage…… Click here to ready more

Middletown Kicks Off Recycling Partnership

Posted on: January 8th, 2019 by simple-admin No Comments
By Chris Allen | on December 21, 2018

More than two months after the Middletown Town Council voted to partner with an Ohio-based company to collect discarded clothing and other textiles, Middletown rolled out its new recycling program on Dec. 10 by mailing pink plastic trash bags to residents that can be filled and picked up curbside free of charge.
At the urging of Middletown Recycling Coordinator and Operations and Facilities Manager Will Cronin, the council voted on Sept. 4 to authorize Town Administrator Shawn Brown to seal an agreement with Simple Recycling, a company that partners with a number of cities and towns across the country.
Head to Newport This Week to read the full story

Middletown Kicks Off Recycling Partnership

Posted on: December 24th, 2018 by simple-admin No Comments

By Chris Allen | on December 21, 2018

More than two months after the Middletown Town Council voted to partner with an Ohio-based company to collect discarded clothing and other textiles, Middletown rolled out its new recycling program on Dec. 10 by mailing pink plastic trash bags to residents that can be filled and picked up curbside free of charge.

At the urging of Middletown Recycling Coordinator and Operations and Facilities Manager Will Cronin, the council voted on Sept. 4 to authorize Town Administrator Shawn Brown to seal an agreement with Simple Recycling, a company that partners with a number of cities and towns across the country.

Head to Newport This Week to read the full story

‘Pink bag’ textile recycling to start

Posted on: November 26th, 2018 by simple-admin No Comments

‘Pink bag’ textile recycling to start

VERNON — The town will start collecting clothing and other recyclable textiles through its contract with Simple Recycling on Dec. 3, town officials said today.

Public Works Director Robert Kleinhans and Town Administrator Michael Purcaro said that collection efforts for the new program will begin this week with residents receiving their first bags in the mail. Those pink bags are to be filled with clothing, shoes, jewelry, cloth toys, blankets, coats and jackets and a wide variety of additional items that are typically thrown in the trash.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency estimates 85 percent of clothing is thrown away in refuse barrels, Purcaro said. Simple Recycling will help the town reduce its waste in that regard. Residents throw away tons of clothing items per year, a fate that will be avoided through Simple Recycling, he said.

The town’s agreement with Simple Recycling is at no cost to residents or the town. Simple Recycling pays for the collected items, then, depending on their quality, either sells them to charitable organizations, donates them to developing nations, or processes them into raw materials.

After residents receive their bags this week and load them up, they should place them curbside, but not in their recycling bins. Kleinhans said the bags should be placed slightly away from the recycling bins so equipment can properly collect recycled materials.

Kleinhans said Vernon is adding Simple Recycling as it’s in the middle of an effort to re-educate the public about what can and can’t be thrown away and recycled. He said that a lot of people want to do a lot of good, but try to recycle items that can’t be processed, which costs the town.

Single-stream recycling is becoming more stringent, he said, and the town has to pay when items can’t be recycled.

Purcaro said in October that the town has to pay twice when items are wrongly recycled. It has to pay a fee for recycling plant staff to remove the items from the recycling stream and it’s also losing money from the town’s tonnage rebate, as it receives funds for every ton of collected recycling.

According to Simple Recycling’s website, 14.3 million tons of clothing enters landfills annually. Town officials hope textile-recycling efforts will help reduce that figure.

Residents in Vernon have already received informational postcards on the new program, Kleinhans said.

More information can be found at:

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Simple Recycling – Administrative Assistant

Posted on: November 26th, 2018 by simple-admin No Comments

Simple Recycling – Administrative Assistant

Join our lean and nimble team as a key cornerstone of Our collective success. Simple Recycling is a 5 year old startup that is changing the world of clothing and shoe collection, reuse and recycling.

Through continuous improvement and innovation, we have expanded to over 11 markets across the US and currently serve over 4 million residents through the most simple and convenient collection programs in the world.

We are looking for a key member to join our team to assist in the following (but not limited to) tasks:
• Represent our organization through general inbound email and Facebook messages
• Collection data entry and analysis
• Month end invoicing
• Collection zone map creation
• Contract management
• Special projects

Join our organization and help make a real difference our communities and the environment!

Regular office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Hourly wage: $10 – 13.25/hr

Email us a resume at: Careers@SimpleRecycling.com

NP leads state in offering free, curbside collection of textiles

Posted on: August 30th, 2018 by simple-admin No Comments

NP leads state in offering free, curbside collection of textiles
By ETHAN SHOREY, Valley Breeze Managing Editor

http://www.valleybreeze.com/2018-08-28/north-providence/np-leads-state-offering-free-curbside-collection-textiles#.W4aU1ZNKjBI

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, town 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.

North Providence is providing the new service in partnership with Simple Recycling. The service is free to residents and the town, said Mayor Charles Lombardi. He said he believes North Providence is the first community in the state to implement the program, to “hopefully help us reduce our waste tonnage, which we’ve been trying to address for a while.”

The Breeze reported last year on the growth of Simple Recycling and its pink bags, as well as the company’s interest in coming to North Providence. The collection service doesn’t cost the town or its residents anything, Lombardi emphasized, but could save significant money in disposal costs.

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

Ohio-based Simple Recycling aims to change the outcome. The company provides free curbside collection to residents in eight states, and will now add Rhode Island to its client list.

In the weeks before the program’s Sept. 10 launch date, Simple Recycling will send informational mailers to homes receiving recycling collection from the town. 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, 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.

The company accepts a wide range of used textile 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, say representatives for the company. 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 landfill,” states a release.

For more information, call the North Providence Recycling Office at 401-719-1610.

Clothing, textile recycling program in Niles bringing cash to village as items bypass landfill

Posted on: August 11th, 2018 by simple-admin No Comments

Clothing, textile recycling program in Niles bringing cash to village as items bypass landfill

Genevieve BookwalterContact Reporter
Pioneer Press

Niles officials are calling the village’s clothing and textile recycling program an early success, after residents diverted more than two tons of waste from the landfill in the program’s first two days, according to a village newsletter.

“Congratulations, Niles residents! In your first week of textile recycling (June 28 and 29), you diverted 4,270 pounds of waste from the landfill through the village’s free and voluntary textile recycling program!” the newsletter reads.

Niles spokesman Mitchell Johnson said the effort is part of the village’s 2030 Plan and Environmental Action Plan, where leaders have committed to environmentally sustainable practices, like recycling.

“The textile recycling program was a win-win for residents and the village in that residents received a free, convenient and voluntary option for additional recycling while the village expects to benefit with reduced landfill costs and some minor additional revenue from the textiles (savings which trickle down to the taxpayer),” Johnson said in an email to the Niles Herald-Spectator.

Officials say the village stands to save a chunk of money along the way.

Based on a 2015 report, “Illinois residents throw away 333,010 tons of textiles a year!” Johnson said. “At 0.23% of the state’s population, that means Niles residents still throw away an estimated 589 tons of textiles a year. At a $47.25 FY19 SWANCC [Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County] tipping fee per ton for disposal, diverting 589 tons of refuse from the landfill each year could save the taxpayers $27,830.25 annually.”

According to a village news release, residents can stuff specially-marked bags with clothing and other textiles and set the bags at the curb alongside their normal recycling bags.

Simple Recycling, the company operating the program, picks up the bags, weigh them and pays Niles $20 per ton, according to the village website. The program is free to Niles residents.

The recycled clothing and textiles are sorted by Simple Recycling staff at the company’s Chicago center, according to the website. About 30 percent is sent to thrift stores and another 30 percent to overseas markets, while the rest is shredded and used for insulation and “fiber for industrial wipers,” according to the website.

“Americans are still throwing away 85 percent of clothing and textiles even with all the charitable donation opportunities, so there is a lot of room for improvement,” according to the website.

The program should help keeps items out of landfills and decrease Niles’ refuse costs, according to the website. The village is expected to reap about $900 each year from the program.

The average home typically donates about seven pounds of clothing and materials per year.

Acceptable items to recycle include clothing, coats and jackets, jewelry, shoes, purses, blankets, sleeping bags, tools, silverware, dishes and more, according to the Simple Recycling website.

Elgin, Skokie, Mount Prospect and Hanover Park also contract with Simple Recycling to handle clothing and textiles, according to the website. Along with Illinois, the company operates in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Minnesota.

gbookwalter@chicagotribune.com

Somerville curbside textile recycling begins July 30

Posted on: July 25th, 2018 by simple-admin No Comments

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 www.simplerecycling.com. 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 www.simplerecycling.com, 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 atwww.somervillema.gov/recycling (click “Charitable Donations”). To learn more about the City’s Curbside Textile Recycling Program, visit www.somervillema.gov/departments/programs/curbside-textile-recycling-program.

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 NSalamoun@somervillema.gov.

~City of Somerville

http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/85369

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