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City adds curbside textile recycling

The City of Montgomery has partnered with Simple Recycling to collect and recycle clothing and small housewares at the curb. This service will be running in conjunction with the resident’s normal collection day and began December 11. The program is no cost to the resident or the City. In fact, Simple Recycling will pay the city $20.00 a ton of materials collected. Research has shown that this program diverts hundreds of tons of material from the landfill each year. Montgomery residents who currently donate items to charity are encouraged to continue to do so. The partnership with Simple Recycling is not meant to replace current donations to local charities, but rather, to capture materials that are currently going to the landfill. Residents will receive a postcard introducing the program from Simple Recycling in late November. A second mailer will arrive the first week of December that will contain two orange recycling bags. The orange bags and special orange stickers are used to identify items to be collected. Donated clothing, linens, and other textiles may be in good (reusable/resalable) or damaged (stained, torn, irreparable) condition. They must be dry and clean. No wet, moldy items are allowed. Housewares should be in fair, working order with the purpose of reuse. Items acceptable for collection include the following: Clothing and Accessories

  • Men, women and children’s clothing
  • Coats and jackets
  • Hats
  • Jewelry
  • Purses and backpacks
  • Shoes

Housewares

  • Blankets
  • Dishes
  • Drapes and curtains
  • Glasses
  • Hairdryers
  • Irons
  • Lamps
  • Mirrors
  • Pictures
  • Pillows
  • Pots and pans
  • Radios
  • Silverware
  • Sleeping bags
  • Small Appliances – toasters, microwaves, coffee makers, etc.
  • Small furniture
  • Tools
  • Toys

Please make sure all items are clean and dry. Place donated items into the specially-marked Simple Recycling orange bags. Items may also be placed in other weatherproof plastic bags that are clearly marked “Simple Recycling”.  Items that are too large for the bag, but small enough for one person to lift, may be placed to the curb with a Simple Recycling tag affixed. To get more orange bags or tags, contact Simple Recycling directly by either calling 866-835-5068 or clicking here to send an email. Please place your orange bags or appropriately tagged items on the curb, NEXT TO your green recycling cart, on your regular recycling collection day. Simple Recycling has a special truck that will come to collect your clothing and housewares on your recycling day. After collection, Simple Recycling will leave behind replacement bags for future use. They have until 4:00 p.m. on your service day to collect the materials. If they miss the pickup, please contact them directly by either calling 866-835-5068 or emailing info@simplerecycling.com. The following items WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR PICK UP BY SIMPLE RECYCLING:

  • Large appliances
  • Large furniture
  • Carpeting
  • Mattresses
  • Tires
  • Paint
  • Hazardous waste
  • Traditional recyclables such as metal, glass and paper

According to the EPA, only 15 percent of clothing is donated or recycled when a curbside program is not offered, which means 85% of the items end up in the landfill.