Town of Wrentham announces curbside clothing recycling program

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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