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Somerville curbside textile recycling begins July 30

Posted on: July 25th, 2018 by simple-admin

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

~City of Somerville

Avon Lake residents can recycle clothes, other household items soon

Posted on: July 6th, 2018 by simple-admin

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

Torrington adopts new recycling program for clothing, shoes

Posted on: June 12th, 2018 by simple-admin

Torrington adopts new recycling program for clothing, shoes
By Register Citizen staff Updated 8:38 pm, Friday, June 8, 2018

TORRINGTON — A new curbside recycling program began this week that could bring added revenue to the city and help residents easily dispose of clothing, accessories and shoes that clutter their closets.

The program, called “Simple Recycling” is a service that will cart away items for free.

Residents should look for information in the mail that explains the program and includes two pink bags to be used for recycling.

Bags can be placed on the curb next to the blue recycling cart and they will be picked up on the same day as their weekly recycling is scheduled.

The company will leave replacement bags for the next pickup. Additional bags are available at or by calling 866-835-5068.

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Simple Recycling coming to Twinsburg Township

Posted on: May 25th, 2018 by simple-admin

By KEN LAHMERS / Reporter
Posted May 16, 2018 at 12:01 AM
TWINSBURG TOWNSHIP — Trustees have agreed to partner with Simple Recycling to add textiles and other household goods to the curbside recycling program.

The free service provided by Simple Recycling recycles items such as clothing, bedding, socks, stuffed animals, pillows, shoes and other textiles that are not included in regular residential recycling. The program is intended to cut down on the flow of unwanted items into landfills.

Pickup of items in the township is anticipated to begin May 22. Residents will receive information in the mail explaining the program and providing orange bags to fill with items. The township is not charged for the service.

“The Board of Trustees is excited to join other area communities in partnering with Simple Recycling to offer this service, which will help divert waste from area landfills,” said Township Manager Rob Kagler.

Simple Recycling will work in conjunction with the township’s residential trash and recycling hauler — Kimble Companies — and its vans and trucks will be easily recognizable with the company’s logo.

Residents can place their bags along the curb on their regular trash and recycling pickup day. Once items are picked up, Simple Recycling will supply replacement bags for future use. No enrollment is necessary.

Based in Solon, Simple Recycling is a for-profit recycler which serves 25-plus Northeast Ohio communities, including Twinsburg, Northfield Center Township, Solon and Boston Township. It operates in 10 states and about 125 total communities.

It provides residents with a way to recycle unwanted clothing, shoes and household textiles that can’t be donated to other organizations. A spokesman said its vans and trucks are economical for carrying the types of items collected.

According to the Simple Recycling website, “Every ton of material diverted from the waste stream reduces tipping fees at a landfill, and communities are compensated on a per-pound basis for the material collected.”

“Based on information we received from other communities that provide the service, revenues to the township most likely will be negligible,” said Kagler. “The main benefit from doing it — and the main reasons for undertaking it — are environmental rather than financial.”

According to Simple Recycling, all of the materials are graded and sorted locally or regionally based on quality and condition. Top quality materials are resold to local thrift outlets, mid-grade is exported to international markets and “unusable” items are processed for raw materials.

When Simple Recycling picks up the bags, workers leave empty ones to use the next time. Anyone needing extra bags can call Simple Recycling at 1-866-835-5068.

Accepted items include men’s, women’s and children’s clothing; coats and jackets; jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, toys, blankets, drapes and curtains, pillows, sleeping bags, tools, silverware, pots and pans, backpacks.

According to Simple Recycling’s website, the average person throws away 68 pounds of clothing per year, and clothing and housewares account for about 10 percent of the municipal waste stream.

The website says 85 percent of clothing does not get recycled or donated and winds up in landfills, while only 15 percent gets recycled or donated.

For more information about the program, visit

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 Ext. 4189 or

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Posted on: May 14th, 2018 by simple-admin

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ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following (other duties may be assigned):
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• Creating and adhering to an annual marketing budget
• Creating and developing marketing campaigns- print, online, direct mail, etc.
• Creating and overseeing the company’s digital marketing efforts:
o Place ads across platforms and track campaign performance
o Update and maintain company’s social media presence across networks (Facebook, Google, etc.)
o Updating and maintaining company websites
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• Creating online and instore content
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• Accepts more responsibilities as the position grows

Experience and/or education in online marketing principles required. Creativity and work ethic are a must. We are willing to train and teach if you are willing to learn and do!

Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or related field preferred. Prior experience and project portfolio is an acceptable alternative.
• 1-3 years’ experience in Marketing

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Niles To Roll Out Free Textile Recycling Program

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by simple-admin

Niles To Roll Out Free Textile Recycling Program
By Tom Robb | on May 09, 2018

Niles Village Hall, Senior Center Plaza

Niles officials awarded a contract for textile recycling, such as used clothing and rags, to a company last month which will begin pick up services in late June.

Village trustees signed a contract with Great Lakes Recycling, which runs Simple Recycling, at their April 24 board meeting. The contract is expected to earn the village $900 in direct revenue and save Niles taxpayers nearly $28,000 by diverting nearly 600 tons of trash from landfills each year.

Beginning Monday, June 25, Simple Recycling trucks will follow trucks from the village’s regular waste hauler Groot, along trash and recycling pickup routes on a weekly basis to collect textiles that residents want to recycle.

Before that date, brightly colored, durable bags will be sent to each Niles home for residents to place the recyclables into. Bags would then be left on the street next to Groot bins and replaced with new bags. Rather than being buried in a landfill or incinerated, materials collected would be recycled as material for insulation or car seat filler.

The program is endorsed by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County. Village officials said the program received high marks from other area municipalities that use the service.

Niles would realize cost savings, since the village’s contract with Groot is based in part on volume. The more volume diverted by recycling, the less the village pays for service.

Simple Recycling’s parent company says textiles make up 6 percent of municipal solid waste in the United States and 84 percent of textiles are discarded not recycled. In Illinois, that represents more than 540,000 tons annually, or 1.08 billion pounds. In Niles, residents toss about 1.1 million pounds of textiles away each year.

North Royalton will provide “soft” recyclable pickup for residents

Posted on: May 8th, 2018 by simple-admin

North Royalton will provide “soft” recyclable pickup for residents

By Bob Sandrick, special to
NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — A Solon recycling firm will collect “soft” discarded materials — including clothing, jewelry, blankets, tools and silverware — that residents place on curbsides, starting in June.

Great Lakes Recycling Inc. will pay the city 1 cent for each pound of soft recyclables, under a four-year contract that City Council approved last month. Residents will not pay for the service. The contract is renewable after four years.

Great Lakes will sell top-quality soft recyclables, collected from North Royalton residents, to local thrift stores. The firm will export mid-quality items to international markets and recycle raw materials from items deemed unusable.

Mayor Robert Stefanik said the city estimates that it will bring in $5,000 a year from the agreement, plus money it saves in lower landfill fees, for a total of about $15,000.

More than 20 Cuyahoga County communities already have soft-recyclable agreements with Great Lakes. The communities include Bay Village, Berea, Brooklyn, Chagrin Falls, Mayfield, North Olmsted, Parma Heights, Rocky River, Solon and Strongsville.

The company was expected to mail educational postcards about the new service to residents this week. Residents will also receive two plastic bags in which they can store soft recyclables, which also include purses, hats, toys, drapes and curtains, pillows, sleeping bags, silverware, dishes, pots and pans, and backpacks.

Once the bags are filled, residents can place them on their tree lawns the same day as their garbage pickup. A separate truck with the words “Simple Recycling” — the name under which Great Lakes is doing business in North Royalton — will pick up the soft recyclables.

Great Lakes workers will then leave two more soft-recyclable bags behind for residents. If residents want additional bags, or experience a problem, they can call Great Lakes directly.

Items excluded from Great Lakes pickups include garbage, hazardous waste, carpet, newspapers, mattresses, large furniture, large appliances, magazines, cribs, paint, tires, cleaners, yard waste or any item heavier than 50 pounds.

The company will also give soft-recyclable containers to the city, which will place them at the municipal Service Center on Royalton Road. Great Lakes will not provide service to businesses.

The new service comes about 16 months after the city approved a five-year, $7.7 million contract with Rumpke Waste & Recycling in Colerain, Ohio, for garbage disposal and recycling services.

North Royalton switches to automated recycling under new five-year, $7.7 million trash contract
North Royalton switches to automated recycling under new five-year, $7.7 million trash contract

North Royalton has approved a new five-year, $7.7 million contract with Rumpke Waste & Recycling in Colerain for garbage disposal and recycling services. Under the contract, Rumpke will provide automated recycling pickup for the first time in North Royalton.

Under that contract, Rumpke is providing automated recycling pickup for the first time in North Royalton. Residents, instead of placing recyclables in blue bags or small blue bins, drop them in specially designed, wheeled 65-gallon containers. Automated trucks with robotic arms lift and empty the containers on trash day.

Recyclables that Rumpke collects include aluminum and steel cans, cartons, glass bottles and jars, cardboard and plastic containers.

Cuyahoga Falls offering Electronics and Clothing Recycle Collection program

Posted on: May 7th, 2018 by simple-admin

According to city officials, this project is an effort to reduce the volume of electronics, clothing and home goods annually going to landfills for disposal.

Area Falls residents and businesses in the city are invited to drop off these items for recycling at the Cuyahoga Falls Service Complex located at 2560 Bailey Road. Participants will enter and exit the Service Complex at Gaylord Grove.

Items being accepted at no cost at the recycling event include clothing, shoes, home goods, electronics and accessories items such as scanners, shredders, copiers and printers, DVD/VHS/VCR units and all accessories, electronic toys, video game consoles and hand-held game systems, GPS devices, hair dryers, kitchen equipment, microwaves, LCD/LED/Plasma TVs, cameras, radios, cellphones and other telephones, computer equipment hardware, servers and accessories, as well as appliances that do not contain Freon.

There will be a $40 recycle fee per unit for CRT, DLP and rear projection televisions of any size, a $10 recycle fee per unit for flat-screen TVs and a $10 recycle fee per unit for CRT computer monitors. Checks should be made payable to Accurate IT Services.

Alkaline batteries, broken or exposed CRT tubes or light bulbs of any kind will not be accepted.

For more information about the event, visit or email

Audit shows Elgin residents are getting better at recycling

Posted on: May 7th, 2018 by simple-admin

Elgin residents are getting better at recycling.

A recent audit of items put out for recycling in Elgin shows a 16 percent level of contamination, according to Waste Management, the company under contract to haul refuse and recyclables throughout the city.

“This is a significant improvement from our baseline of 42 percent two years ago. Drivers are reporting that they are seeing marked improvement in the contamination and composition of recycling materials … Elgin’s recycle materials have significantly improved making it possible to market,” the memo states.

Contamination refers to the percentage of items that won’t be taken for recycling because they are not being recycled through weekly collection, such as plastic shopping bags or Styrofoam, or because they are soiled, as with greasy pizza box tops and used fast-food wrappers.

Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain said the city’s improvement in compliance is proof that people want to do the right thing for the environment.

“But in cases like this, you have to educate on what the right thing is,” Kaptain said.

In 2016, Elgin and Waste Management embarked on a recycling contamination reduction program dubbed “Recycle Often. Recycle Right,” or RORR.

Lisa Disbrow, Waste Management Director of Government & Public Affairs, said Elgin was the initial rollout city for the program in the Chicago market. Currently, more than a dozen towns in this area are taking part in the effort, Disbrow said.

“Elgin was identified (for the pilot program) with potential to improve material quality,” Disbrow said.

Kaptain said that early in the effort, Waste Management staff showed him the stream of items put in recycling, which gave him an idea of what was being left in bins.

“We sure eat a lot of pizza in this country,” Kaptain said.

A Waste Management truck picks up garbage and recycling items recently on Spring Street.
A recent audit of items put out for recycling in Elgin shows a 16 percent level of contamination, according to Waste Management. That is a significant improvement, company officials said. (Gloria Casas. / The Courier-News)
Elgin Sustainability Coordinator and Communications Specialist Molly Center said the effort gradually was rolled out across routes. Residents were made aware of the effort by various means. Those included distributing a newsletter and recycle list, placing hangers on recycle carts at the curb, having drivers talk to residents, sharing information via the city website and social media, promoting it at community events, and getting word out through traditional media.

Route drivers initially would tag bins found with items unacceptable for the recycling stream, Center said. The next phase had drivers tag unacceptable bins and leave them uncollected.

Center said a top reason for success was the city’s 311 Department, which residents could call if they had questions about their recycling, particularly if their bins were not emptied.

Waste Management provides single-stream recycling, where all items are mixed together. The company services the city five days a week across six routes per day, or 30 total routes, and collects 180 tons of recyclable material per week from about 29,000 homes, according to information from a 2017 presentation to the Elgin City Council.

Center said single-stream recycling doesn’t accept plastic bags because they clog up machines used in sorting. She said recyclables go directly into the bin unbagged, and people can bring plastic bags to local merchants and grocers who offer recycling. Those were essential messages to get out to residents toward compliance, Center said.

Another factor that helped keep inappropriate items out of Waste Management bins was Elgin’s three-year agreement in 2017 with Ohio-based Simple Recycling, Center said.

With this effort, residents are able to recycle shoes and clothing, regardless of condition. They also can recycle small appliances and other unwanted household goods that otherwise cannot be donated to nonprofits. Such items cannot be taken in the Waste Management collections, Center said.

With the free-for-residents-to-use Simple Recycling program, items are left curbside in orange bags that can be ordered online or picked up at Elgin City Hall, Center said. Items are picked up by Simple Recycling on the same days that Waste Management hauls away regular trash and what it takes in its own recycling program.

Elgin gets a penny-per-pound-collected from Simple Recycling and was paid more than $2,400 for the last six months of 2017, Center said.

Materials including pamphlets and cart hangers are part of the Waste Management recycling reduction
Materials including pamphlets and cart hangers were part of Waste Management’s “Recycle Right. Recycle Often” program, which used Elgin as its pilot program in the Chicago area. (Mike Danahey / The Courier-News)
All told, Waste Management has been so pleased with the results in Elgin that is uses the city as an example for other places across the country.

“The recycling education partnership between Elgin and Waste Management was featured in the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2017 best practices (book),” Disbrow said.

Disbrow said Waste Management Public Sector Representative Vaughn Kuerschner will be talking about the recycling effort at the Elgin City Council meeting Wednesday.

Beyond that, Kaptain said details are being ironed out for a community conversation in June that will focus on various aspects of the city’s refuse collection, such as recycling, leaf rake-out and yard waste programs.

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