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Boston introduces textile recycling drop boxes to residents

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2020-11-24 13:52:55 – USA

Boston is adding textile recycling drop off boxes in various strategical locations to widen textile recycling options. The diversion of textile waste from being thrown in the dump can not only ensure an extend the life of the textile but also ensure less pollution. 

According to press releases, 95% of textiles such as old bedding, hats, and jackets are reused (75%), upcycled, or recycled (20%).

The higher grades of recycled textiles are resold to thrift stores throughout North America and other second-hand markets across the globe. The lower grade of textiles is converted into rags for industrial use or other functions like stuffing or insulation.

This new program has commenced in the account of the recommendations of Boston's Zero Waste Plan. The Public Works Department has partnered with the textile recycling company Helpsy. In 2019, Helpsy had collected and processed over 25 million pounds of textiles.

The residents of Boston can now drop off their household textiles such as clothes, shoes, sneakers, bags, stuffed animals, bedding and towels. The items dropped off must be dry and must be placed into a secured plastic bag. Dropboxes are in municipal lots in Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, South Boston, Roslindale and West Roxbury.

In 2019, Boston ran a pilot program for food scrap curbside composting. Along with textile recycling being offered, the city is increasing its leaf and yard waste curbside program by going from 17 to 20 weeks a year. The city is also offering 20 additional weekends when yard waste can be dropped off at the Public Works composting facility. 

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