Service Update (6/22/2021): Danvers residents with curbside trash and recycling pickup can recycle unwanted textiles simply by bagging/boxing them and leaving them at the curb OR at the front door. The Danvers Department of Public Works (DPW) is providing this 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 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.
When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted items, residents should place all textiles in either bags/boxes. Residents may then place the bags at the curb/front door and then schedule a recycling collection. Bags should be put out before 7:30AM on the day of your pickup. Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick up the bags, free of charge.
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 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 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.