Skokie Textile Recycling Program
An estimated 85 percent of textiles end up in landfills, despite charitable collection centers and pick up services. To help reduced this the Village of Skokie has partnered with Simple Recycling.
The Simple Recycling program works like this: Place textiles in the Simple Recycling plastic bag next to your recycling cart on recycling collection day and Simple Recycling collects the bags in a specially marked van. Simple Recycling collection crews need to see your orange bag in order to collect it properly and to provide you with a replacement bag.
You will receive a replacement bag after your textiles are collected. To order extra bags, click here or call 866/835- 5068.
Any textiles in any condition are accepted. Here is a list of items to recycle: • Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing • Boots, shoes, sandals, socks, undergarments • Belts, ties, handbags, purses • Coats, jackets, gloves, hats, scarves • Sheets, pillow cases, pillows, blankets, comforters • Table linens, towels • Stuffed animals
Simple Recycling is a private company and cannot give a receipt for a tax deduction. Residents who would like a tax donation receipt or otherwise wish to contribute unwanted textiles, apparel items and household goods to a charity are encouraged to go to one of two charity centers in Skokie:
Goodwill Store and Donation Center
5518 West Touhy Avenue
Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
4335 Oakton Street
Simple Recycling sends collected material to a thrift store facility in Chicago, where roughly 30 percent of the material goes to local thrift stores, another 30 percent is appropriate for overseas markets and the remainder is processed into fiber or repurposed as industrial rags.
For more information on the Simple Recycling service, please contact the Public Works Department at 847/933-8427.