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Postby bferrari on Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:24 am…/residents/

Hey neighbors, take a look at this great new recycling program in our town! Now, you can put your old items of clothing curbside for collection and recycling.

What is Simple Recycling?
Before you throw that item into your trash consider Simple Recycling.

According to Simple Recycling: 85% of clothing end up in a landfill - only 15% is recycled

This FREE program is not a charity but an optional way for residents to discard unwanted items. If you choose not to donate your items to a charity this is an option to consider before you put it in your trash. Here is an example of what they will take making more room in your trash cart and keeping it out of a landfill.

Men's Clothing
Women's Clothing
Children's Clothing
Coats and Jackets
Sleeping Bags
Click here for more information…/residents/

What does Simple Recycling do what they collect?

Q: What happens to the collected clothing?

A: All of the materials are graded and sorted locally and/or regionally based on quality and condition. The top quality materials will be resold to local thrift outlets, mid-grade is exported to international markets and “unusable” items are processed for raw materials.…/residents/
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Postby Harry on Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:38 pm

Certainly easy enough. Keep in mind though its a for profit company that re-sells. That's fine too but if you want it to go to places like the Salvation Army and the like you will need to still take the goods to them or their drop off bins.

Because simple recycling is a for profit company your "donations" are not tax deductible. Most cities and towns receive payments based on a per pound basis of the total picked up.
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Postby Friendofthetown on Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:51 pm

The good thing about this program is you can put soiled, ripped or stained textiles in the bag and they are turned into rags, furniture stuffing, etc. We save socks with holes until we have a big bag for textile recycling, as an example.
The Salvation Army is looking for items it can re-sell, as is Savers. So if you have a comforter that was ruined by a cat, towels that were your grandmother's, and pillows that have seen better days, put them in the pink bag and let the town benefit. Every single bit of trash we take out of the waste stream reduces the tipping fees for the town. But yes, if you have items that are in good shape, consider the Lowell Wish Project, Project Home Again, Mission of Deeds, Salvation Army, St. and Vincent De Paul as well as the above mentioned places.
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