Textile and Home Goods Recycling

Simple Recycling Collection Van

The City of Montgomery has partnered with Simple Recycling to collect and recycle clothing and small housewares at the curb.  This service will run in conjunction with the resident’s normal recycling collection day.

There is no cost to the resident or the City to provide this program. In fact, Simple Recycling will pay the city $20.00 per 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.

Orange bags and special orange stickers are used to identify items to be collected.  These items include 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 or moldy items are allowed. Housewares should be in fair, working order with the purpose of reuse.

Acceptable for collection:

Clothing and Accessories

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


  • Blankets
  • Dishes
  • Drapes and curtains
  • Glasses
  • Hairdryers
  • Irons
  • Lamps
  • Mirrors
  • Pictures
  • Pillows
  • Radios
  • Pots and pans
  • Silverware
  • Small furniture
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tools
  • Toys
  • Small appliances

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

Just 3 easy steps

  1. Make sure all items are clean and dry.
  2. Place 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.” 
  3. Place your orange bags or other items on the curb, about 3 feet from you regular Rumpke pickup cart.

Note: Items that are too large for the bag, but small enough for one person to lift, may be placed at the curb with a Simple Recycling tag affixed.

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 5:00 p.m. on your service day to collect the materials.

I'm out of orange bags!

To get more orange bags, contact Simple Recycling directly by calling 866-835-5068 or visit their website.

If Simple Recycling missed your pickup, please contact them directly by calling 866-835-5068 or fill out a missed collection form.