Melrose Curbside textile pickup to begin in November


The Melrose Department of Public Works and Zero Waste Melrose recently announced that, starting in November of this year, Melrose homeowners will have the opportunity to recycle textile and other household products through curbside pickup.

The service is being offered by Simple Recycling, a private, for-profit company that is currently operating in multiple cities and towns throughout southern New England. Nearby municipalities using the program include Brookline, Saugus, Medford, Somerville, Burlington and Lexington.

Prior to the program’s launch in November, Simple Recycling will send out information to each Melrose household detailing how the program works, along with the pink bags that homeowners will use to recycle eligible items. Once the program starts, homeowners will be able to place their pink bag, or bags, containing the items out on the curb with their trash and recycling containers on their regularly scheduled trash/recycling pickup day. Simple Recycling will pick up the pink bags and leave empty pink bags for the homeowner’s next pickup.

DPW and ZWM urge those Melrose residents who currently donate clothing items to the schools to keep on doing so. Simple Recycling has found that, in the communities in which it is operating, existing clothing donation programs work smoothly with the curbside service. The curbside service offers a responsible disposal alternative for many homeowners who had been throwing eligible items into the trash, or who had been relying on other options that were less convenient.

While the program focuses primarily on textiles such as men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, many other small household items are eligible for recycling, as long as they can fit into the pink bags. These items include shoes, jewelry, purses, hats, pots and pans, silverware, dishes, drapes and curtains, blankets and small toys. Simple Recycling will provide more detailed information on eligible items, as well as other aspects of the program, in its mailings to Melrose households.

For information about Melrose’s new curbside textile collection program, contact DPW at 781-665-0242 or Zero Waste Melrose at

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