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Posted on: November 15, 2022

Textiles & Clothing Recycling - Reminder

SimpleRecycling - 6-2022 UPDATE2

The Town of Ashland has been partnered with Simple Recycling for textile & clothing recycling since July, 2017.  This program allows for Ashland residents to schedule curbside pick ups of unwanted textiles and clothing by Simple Recycling.  

Beginning on November 1, 2022, new state rules require textiles be kept out of the trash so they can be recycled or donated for reuse.  

  • Bay State residents and businesses throw away nearly 230,000 tons of textiles every year. That’s a real waste, as about 95 percent of this material can be reused or repurposed. Give textiles a second life by donating them for reuse and repurposing.
  • “Textiles” includes clothes, shoes, linens, towels, curtains, and cloth accessories. When in doubt, check the Recyclopedia.
    • Textiles should never go in your household recycling bin. They also do not belong in the trash, unless they are wet, moldy, or contaminated.
    • Textiles aren’t actually “recycled” in the way cans, bottles, and paper are. They must be separated and handled by organizations that know how to sort them for three types of use: resale as second-hand clothing; cutting into shop rags; and shredding into fiber for insulation, carpet padding, and soundproofing.   

Please contact Simple Recycling to schedule your collection of textiles/clothing either by phone:  866-835-5068 or at their website:  https://simplerecycling.com/.  

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