Beginning Monday, December 16, 2019 , Danvers residents with curbside trash and recycling pickup 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 Danvers Department of Public Works (DPW) is providing this new service, free to the residents of Danvers, 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 household each year. As a result, textiles comprise more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the United States, and more than 8% in Massachusetts. Simple Recycling aims to change that.
Simple Recycling provides free curbside collection and recycling of unwanted textiles to communities across the United States including surrounding communities of Hamilton, Wenham and North Andover. After collection, Simple Recycling will ensure all items are reused or recycled into new products.
In the weeks before the program’s December 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 bins 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 recycle 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’s 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, reducing costs on waste disposal.
For more information about the Simple Recycling program, more bags or missed pickups, residents may call 866-835-5068 or visit www.SimpleRecycling.com. Residents may also contact the Danvers DPW at 978-777-0001 x 3011.