Free curbside textile recycling begins

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

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