Beginning the week of July 15, 2019, Orange residents will be able to recycle unwanted textiles and small household items simply by bagging them and leaving them at the curb on their regular recycling collection day. Orange is providing the new service in partnership with Simple Recycling. The service is free to residents and the Town.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 84% of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, and textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator. On average, that works out to about 85 lbs. of textile items per person each year. As a result, textiles make up more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the US.
Solon, Ohio-based Simple Recycling (www.simplerecycling.com) aims to change all that. The company provides free curbside collection and recycling of unwanted textiles and small housewares to communities across the United States. Currently, Simple Recycling serves more than four million households across eight states and will soon be serving residents here in Orange.
In the week before the program’s Monday, July 15 launch date, Simple Recycling will send informational mailers to homes that receive recycling collection from the Town. The mailers will contain free pink Simple Recycling bags.
When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted items, residents can place them in the bags. If a resident doesn’t have enough bags, then it’s OK to use regular trash bags that are clearly marked for Simple Recycling. Residents can then place the bags at the curb on their normal recycling collection day. Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick them up, free of charge, and leave behind additional bags.
The company will accept a wide range of used textiles and small household items. The list of accepted items includes all types of used or new clothing, boots and shoes, belts and ties, handbags, hats and gloves, toys, towels, sheets and blankets, small kitchen appliances, and more. A complete list of accepted items can be found at SimpleRecycling.com.
The Simple Recycling service is not meant to compete with local charities. Its purpose is to provide a convenient curbside collection option for residents who want it. Ultimately, it’s about keeping those items out of the trash.
Selectman Mitch Goldblatt, who is also the Orange Recycling Committee Chair is “urging all residents to purge their excess clothes, linens, shoes, and other textiles and fill these pink bags so that we may expand our community recycling efforts while reducing our municipal solid waste.”
For more information about the Simple Recycling program, residents can call Public Works Office Manager Sylvie Napoli at (203) 891-4712 or visit https://www.orangerecycles.com/.