The city today announced it's installed dropboxes across the city where residents can recycle old clothes and footwear, as part of an effort to reduce what gets tossed into landfills or burned in incinerators.
The Public Works program, building on an idea first proposed by Councilor Matt O'Malley, is being run with Helpsy, a company that specializes in textile recycling:
Once sorted and graded, 95 percent of textiles collected are reused, upcycled, or recycled, 75 percent being reused, and 20 percent being recycled. The higher grades are resold to thrift stores in North America and other second hand markets around the world. The lower grades get turned into rags for industrial use or alternative functions like stuffing or insulation.
In addition to clothes, footwear and towels, residents can also recycle stuffed animals and bedding. They have to be dry and in a plastic bag.
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