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Swampscott introduces textile recycling

Posted on: January 7th, 2020 by Catherine No Comments

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Swampscott introduces textile recycling    

Photo courtesy Jody WattsSwampscott residents can now use these pink bags to recycle unwanted textiles curbside on recycling day.

SWAMPSCOTT — Residents in town can now recycle their textiles curbside.

The town of Swampscott has partnered with Simple Recycling to offer recycling for clothing, shoes, socks, blankets, as well as small household items like jewelry or silverware, outside of their homes.

In December, all residents received a pink plastic bag in the mail. These bags can be filled with such items and left out with the recycling to be picked up on recycling day. New pink bags will be left for residents after the first bag is picked up.

The pink bags should be placed outside of recycling bins and visibly separated from the rest of the recycling.

“We all see the daily impact trash disposal has on our environment and our seacoast,” Town Administrator Sean Fitzgerald said in a statement. “Programs like this help improve our environmental sustainability while supporting those in the region who benefit from the reuse of clothes and household items.”

On average, each household in the U.S. disposes of 85 pounds of textiles each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Roughly 9% of all recyclable material is truly recycled; most is instead put in landfills, the environment, or incinerated.

“Proper disposal of our Swampscott’s waste is a major priority for Swampscott,” Fitzgerald said.

Simple Recycling has offered this service at no cost to the town. They collect the pink bags and sort through them, separating reusable items to be either resold at thrift stores or processed for raw materials based on quality and condition.

Unwanted usable items can also be dropped off at the Big Blue Bargains Store behind the Swampscott Middle School at 207 Forest Ave.

For more information on what is accepted by Simple Recycling or to request more bags, visit simplerecycling.com, call 866-835-5068, or email info@simplerecycling.com.

Recycling ‘never goes out of style’: How old clothes can make a big impact

Posted on: January 7th, 2020 by Catherine No Comments

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Don’t discard your garb. Local organizations can turn even raggedy clothes into riches.

Behold those pit-stained T-shirts, socks with holes in the heels and out-of-style paisley-patterned dress shirts taking up space in your closet.

If ever there were a scenario in which the cliche “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure” applied, this would be it.

“There is a value for most of even the rattiest of textiles that people tend to discard,” said Michael Csapo, general manager of the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County, which manages recycling programs in nine metro Detroit communities.

Unfortunately, much of that value is never realized, even though charities and other collection organizations can find a use for virtually any old piece of clothing, Csapo noted. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 85% of textiles end up in landfills, and a 2018 study determined that clothing is one of the world’s fastest-growing waste streams.

Recycling advocates throughout Michigan are working to reverse that trend.

“Fashions might come and go, but reducing the amount of material that enters landfills never goes out of style,” said Emily Freeman, recycling specialist in the materials management division of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, known as EGLE.

Education for residents

In June, EGLE launched Know It Before You Throw It, a campaign to improve both the quality and quantity of recycling in Michigan.

With the Recycling Raccoon Squad serving as campaign ambassadors, EGLE aims to inform Michiganders about best recycling practices while doubling the statewide recycling rate to 30% by 2025 and ultimately reaching 45% annually.

Although rules often vary by community, textiles are typically not accepted by traditional curbside recycling services, including the Recycling Authority.

Old clothing is, however, a welcome and important revenue stream for Michigan charities that collect donations at drop-off facilities.

And when it comes to textiles, there’s one overriding message that recycling specialists want to deliver: Leave the sorting to us.

While organizations that collect used textiles can’t take items such as gasoline-soaked rags, those holey sweaters and shirts bearing pizza grease stains that just won’t come out are perfectly OK.

“The trickiest part is educating people that we really don’t care about the condition of their clothing that they want to give us, as long as it’s clean and dry,” said Nick Carlson, vice president of donated goods operations at Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids and a director of the Michigan Recycling Coalition. “We ask them not to edit their donations. Trust us to get everything into the proper market.”

Although technology for turning old clothes into new garments is advancing rapidly, at this time it’s more a matter of reusing textiles than technically recycling them.

But, like recycling, reusing also offers environmental and economic benefits.

The EPA estimates that textiles — mostly clothing but also items such as carpeting, furniture, sheets and towels — account for 8% of material going into landfills, providing a significant opportunity to conserve space.

“It’s also one of the higher-value items that goes into the waste stream,” said Adam Winfield, founder and president of Simple Recycling, a for-profit, Ohio-based company that provides curbside textile collection in 30 Michigan communities — primarily in metro Detroit but also in Lansing and East Lansing.

For example, in 2018, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids turned the 600,000 individual donations it received into $25 million in revenue from sales at its network of retail outlets, Carlson said. The proceeds went toward funding the nonprofit organization’s various skills-training and rehabilitation programs.

There’s also a personal perk to donating clothing. Taxpayers who itemize can claim a charitable deduction on their federal tax return.

Worldwide market

There are essentially four markets for the used clothing that is collected by Simple Recycling and charities such as Goodwill.

Although figures can fluctuate, between 10% and 20% of donations are typically considered top quality and resold by American thrift stores.

The vast majority, however, is not resalable in the U.S. and is further sorted for international export or broken down for raw materials.

As much as 45% of the total collected is exported as secondhand clothing. Roughly 30% is converted into wiping rags for industrial or residential use, and around 20% is recycled into post-consumer fiber that goes into products such as home insulation, carpet padding or sound-deadening material for automobiles.

Only about 5% ends up as waste, Winfield said.

“So, you can see, clothing is a category of material that is highly recyclable and easily repurposed,” he said. “Our slogan is ‘Let your clothing be loved again.’”

Charitable endeavor

It was the lack of love shown to used apparel that gave rise to Simple Recycling, which test-marketed its concept in 2014 in South Lyon and Wixom, members of the Recycling Authority.

Usually, people must drop off their old garments at collection sites operated by charities or during special events staged by municipalities, an extra step that largely explains why most clothing is simply thrown in the trash, Csapo said.

Winfield figured that more residents would take the time to bundle clothing for reuse or recycling if they were offered the convenience of free curbside pickup — and the numbers have borne that out.

Simple Recycling now serves 250 communities in seven states. In 2018, it collected 183 tons of material among the nine Recycling Authority communities alone, which, beyond South Lyon and Wixom, are Farmington, Farmington Hills, Milford, Milford Township, Novi, Southfield and Walled Lake.

On residents’ standard recycling pickup days, Simple Recycling trucks follow behind the Recycling Authority’s vehicles to collect the clothing set out in bags supplied by the company and drop off empty bags for future collections.

“We make it simple and convenient,” Winfield said, adding that the service is free to communities. In fact, for every ton of materials it collects, Simple Recycling pays $20 to municipalities, which also benefit by sending less waste to landfills and therefore paying fewer fees.

Both Winfield and Csapo stress that Simple Recycling is meant to supplement, not replace, charitable giving.

“First and foremost, we want residents to donate clothing to charities,” Csapo said.

Said Winfield: “We’re after that 85% that otherwise would get thrown away, not the 15% that is donated to charities.”

Actually, Csapo said, there’s at least anecdotal evidence that charitable donations of clothing increase in areas where Simple Recycling operates because residents become educated about the market for old textiles.

“Folks see there’s an opportunity to make sure things go back into the value chain instead of into the trash,” he said.

Carlson echoed those sentiments.

“Looking at it as a member of the Michigan Recycling Coalition, anything that improves sustainability, I’m in favor of,” he said. “But I’d really urge people to first consider donating their old clothes to a local charity because that helps boost the local economy. Material donations are the lifeblood of Goodwill.”

To learn more about how to recycle clothing and other items in Michigan, visit michigan.gov/egle.

Free curbside textile recycling begins

Posted on: January 3rd, 2020 by Catherine No Comments

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Danvers residents with curbside trash and recycling pickup can now also recycle unwanted textiles outside of their homes.

The town’s Department of Public Works is providing this new service, free to residents, in partnership with Simple Recycling.

Residents can bag any unwanted textiles and leave them at the curb on their regularly scheduled recycling collection day.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about 84% of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags and textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator. On average, that results in approximately 68 pounds of textile items per household each year. As a result, textiles comprise more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the United States, and more than 8% in Massachusetts.

Simple Recycling aims to change that. The company provides free curbside collection and recycling of unwanted textiles to communities across the United States. All items collected are reused or recycled into new products.

Residents should have received mailers that explain the process, along with two free pink bags in which the textiles should be placed.

Bags should be placed curbside, three feet from recycling bins, and should be put out before 7 a.m. on pickup day. Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick up the bags for free and leave a new bag behind for residents to use next time.

Residents can recycle all types of used or new clothing (men’s, women’s and children’s), coats/jackets, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, small toys, blankets, sheets, drapes/curtains, pillows, sleeping bags, backpacks, etc. A list of all items can be found online at www.SimpleRecycling.com.

For more information, more bags or missed pickups, call 866-835-5068 or visit www.SimpleRecycling.com. Residents may also contact the Danvers DPW at 978-777-0001 ext. 3011.

Danvers offers separate recycling for unwanted clothes

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

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By John Laidler Globe Correspondent ,December 22, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Under a program launched by the town last month, households that receive regular trash and recycling pickup can now also leave bags of textiles for curbside collection on their scheduled recycling day, free of charge.

The Department of Public Works is offering the new service in collaboration with Simple Recycling, a firm that has partnered with other area communities to prevent clothing and other items from ending up in landfills.

Simple Recycling will collect all the textiles left curbside and ensure that they are reused or recycled into new products. Accepted items range from all types of new or used clothing to shoes, purses, blankets, sheets, and pillows. A full list can be found at www.simplerecycling.com.

Officials note that according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, about 84 percent of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags and other textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator. On average, that results in approximately 68 pounds of textile items per household each year going to the dump.

Prior to the start of the collections on Dec. 16, Simple Recycling sent mailers to residents with information on the program and two free pink bags to use for the collections. When residents leave a bag curbside, the firm will collect it and then leave a new bag for that household. 

Textile Recycling Town of Farmington CT

Posted on: December 19th, 2019 by Catherine No Comments

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Danvers Offering Curbside Textile Pickup

Posted on: December 16th, 2019 by Catherine No Comments

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Danvers residents can recycle unwanted clothing items under the new program.

By Press Release Desk, News Partner

FREE CURBSIDE TEXTILE RECYCLING SERVICE STARTING DECEMBER 16

Beginning Monday, December 16, 2019 , Danvers residents with curbside trash and recycling pickup will be able to recycle unwanted textiles simply by bagging them and leaving them at the curb on their regular scheduled recycling collection day. The Danvers Department of Public Works (DPW) is providing this new service, free to the residents of Danvers, in partnership with Simple Recycling.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 84% of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags and textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator. On average, that results in approximately 68 pounds of textile items per household each year. As a result, textiles comprise more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the United States, and more than 8% in Massachusetts. Simple Recycling aims to change that.

Simple Recycling provides free curbside collection and recycling of unwanted textiles to communities across the United States including surrounding communities of Hamilton, Wenham and North Andover. After collection, Simple Recycling will ensure all items are reused or recycled into new products.

In the weeks before the program’s December launch date, Simple Recycling will send mailers to homes that receive recycling collection from the town. These mailers will contain information along with two free pink bags for residents to get started using the program.

When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted items, residents should place all textiles in the provided bags. Residents may then place the bags at the curb on their regular scheduled recycling collection day. Bags should be placed three (3) feet from your recycling bins and should be put out before 7:00AM on the day of your pick up. Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick up the bags, free of charge. At the time of the pick-up, Simple Recycling will provide a new bag for the resident to continue to recycle textiles.

Simple Recycling will accept a wide range of used textiles. The list of accepted items includes all types of used or new clothing (men’s, women’s and children’s), coats/jackets, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, small toys, blankets, sheets, drapes/curtains, pillows, sleeping bags, backpacks, etc. A list of all items can be found on their website at www.SimpleRecycling.com.

Simple Recycling’s service is not meant to compete with local charities. Its purpose is to provide a convenient curbside collection option for residents who choose that option. Ultimately, it’s about keeping those items out of the trash. If residents can eliminate textiles from the municipal waste stream, the town could decrease the tonnage of waste produced, reducing costs on waste disposal.

For more information about the Simple Recycling program, more bags or missed pickups, residents may call 866-835-5068 or visit www.SimpleRecycling.com. Residents may also contact the Danvers DPW at 978-777-0001 x 3011.

FREE CURBSIDE TEXTILE RECYCLING SERVICE STARTING DECEMBER 16

Posted on: December 13th, 2019 by Catherine No Comments

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Posted on December 12, 2019

Beginning Monday, December 16, 2019 , Danvers residents with curbside trash and recycling pickup will be able to recycle unwanted textiles simply by bagging them and leaving them at the curb on their regular scheduled recycling collection day. The Danvers Department of Public Works (DPW) is providing this new service, free to the residents of Danvers, in partnership with Simple Recycling.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 84% of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags and textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator. On average, that results in approximately 68 pounds of textile items per household each year. As a result, textiles comprise more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the United States, and more than 8% in Massachusetts. Simple Recycling aims to change that.

Simple Recycling provides free curbside collection and recycling of unwanted textiles to communities across the United States including surrounding communities of Hamilton, Wenham and North Andover. After collection, Simple Recycling will ensure all items are reused or recycled into new products.

In the weeks before the program’s December launch date, Simple Recycling will send mailers to homes that receive recycling collection from the town. These mailers will contain information along with two free pink bags for residents to get started using the program.

When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted items, residents should place all textiles in the provided bags. Residents may then place the bags at the curb on their regular scheduled recycling collection day. Bags should be placed three (3) feet from your recycling bins and should be put out before 7:00AM on the day of your pick up. Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick up the bags, free of charge. At the time of the pick-up, Simple Recycling will provide a new bag for the resident to continue to recycle textiles.

Simple Recycling will accept a wide range of used textiles. The list of accepted items includes all types of used or new clothing (men’s, women’s and children’s), coats/jackets, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, small toys, blankets, sheets, drapes/curtains, pillows, sleeping bags, backpacks, etc. A list of all items can be found on their website at www.SimpleRecycling.com.

Simple Recycling’s service is not meant to compete with local charities. Its purpose is to provide a convenient curbside collection option for residents who choose that option. Ultimately, it’s about keeping those items out of the trash. If residents can eliminate textiles from the municipal waste stream, the town could decrease the tonnage of waste produced, reducing costs on waste disposal.

For more information about the Simple Recycling program, more bags or missed pickups, residents may call 866-835-5068 or visit www.SimpleRecycling.com. Residents may also contact the Danvers DPW at 978-777-0001 x 3011.

Livonia launches new curbside clothing, household items recycling service

Posted on: December 10th, 2019 by Catherine No Comments

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LIVONIA, Mich. – Livonia residents will soon 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 city is launching the new service Monday in partnership with Simple Recycling, which will be picking up the items throughout the City. The service is free to residents, according to the Livonia mayor’s office.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 84 percent 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 percent of all the residential and municipal trash in the US.

For more information about the Simple Recycling program residents can call the Livonia Department of Public Works at 734-466-2655 or visit www.simplerecycling.com.

 

Town of Wrentham announces curbside clothing recycling program

Posted on: December 2nd, 2019 by Catherine No Comments

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WRENTHAM — Town Administrator Kevin Sweet recently announced that Wrentham is preparing to introduce a curbside clothing recycling program.

Beginning on Dec. 16, residents will be able to leave a various recyclable items in front of their homes for pickup.

The program is being offered through Simple Recycling, which has partnered with many nearby communities to prevent clothing and other items from ending up in landfills.

Recyclable items that can be collected include men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, coats and jackets, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, toys, blankets, drapes and curtains, pillows and sleeping bags.

“We’re excited about partnering with Simple Recycling for this program, and hope residents will take full advantage of it,” Sweet said. “We all have clothing and other items lying around the house that could be put to good use elsewhere, and Simple Recycling makes it quick and easy to participate.”

As part of the program Wrentham will be compensated on a “per pound” basis for the material collected by Simple Recycling. The pickup will run year-round and follow the town’s existing biweekly recycling collection schedule so that no extra collection days will be required for residents.

Residents who participate in the town’s regular curbside recycling will be mailed bags to use as part of the program. Once filled, residents should leave the bags outside of their homes on the morning of their scheduled pickup. Pickups will be separate from regular trash and recycling collection.

Other towns in the area utilizing Simple Recycling include Franklin, Walpole, Milford, Mansfield, Norwood and Hopedale.

According to Simple Recycling, all of the materials collected through the program are graded and sorted locally and regionally based on quality and condition. The top quality materials will be resold to local thrift outlets, mid-grade items will be exported to international markets, and “unusable” items are processed for raw materials.

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