Free Curbside Textile Recycling Service Coming to Avon

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Beginning Monday, September 16, 2019, Avon residents 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 Avon Board of Health is providing this new service, free to the residents of Avon, 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 person each year. As a result, textiles comprise more than six percent of all the residential and municipal trash in the United States.
Simple Recycling aims to change that. The company provides free curbside collection and recycling of unwanted textiles and housewares to communities across the United States including surrounding communities of Abington, Whitman, East Bridgewater and Easton. After collection, Simple Recycling will donate all reusable items and other items to recycle into new products.
In the weeks before the program’s September 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 tote 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 dispose of 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 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, potentially reducing costs on waste disposal.
For more information about the Simple Recycling program, for more bags or missed pickups, residents may call 866-835-5068 or visit www.SimpleRecycling.com.
Residents may also contact the Avon Board of Health at 508-588-0414 x 1016 or at kwaldron@avon-ma.gov