Ring In The New By Recycling The Old
If the old saying comes to mind "in with the new and out with the old," what then do you do with your old sweaters, jeans or bathroom towels? The answer is RECYCLE!
MassToss, the North Central Regional Solid Waste Cooperative has partnered with Bay State Textiles for a solution to textile waste. Based on a study by the Mass Department of Environmental Protection more than 230,000 tons of usable textiles - including clothing, footwear, towels, bedding and other fabric-based products - were sent to landfills and incinerators in Massachusetts in 2010. Bay State Textile's works to educate the public on this problem which is costing taxpayers thousands of dollars. Textile recycling needs to become as familiar as bottle, can, and paper recycling. Bay State Textiles has developed a program to turn these textile throw-outs into revenue and lower the tipping fees on trash disposal.
Bring your old clothes, shoes and household linens to the Bay State Textile boxes, located in the Transfer Stations of Ayer, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, Phillipston, Petersham, as well as the Lancaster and Townsend Recycling Centers to reduce disposal costs. Bring your outgrown sweaters, old sneakers, unwanted stuffed animals, and other household "soft-wear."
Bay State Textiles will take it all: Sheets, towels, coats, purses, belts, small toys. They only ask that items be dry and reasonably clean.
Give your throw outs a second life. 85 percent of reclaimed textiles will be reused and what can't, will be broken down into wiping rags or fibers for insulation, carpet padding, etc. For more information visit: baystatetextiles.com .
2013 Christmas/Holiday Clean-up List:
Get rid of the old stuff to make room for the new. Make January "Clean Out Your Closet Month."
At the curb:
All bottles and cans - (NO PLASTIC BAGS, NO Styrofoam, NO glassware or dishes)
All paper -- if you can rip it we can recycle it! (NO metallic wrapping paper and NO bows)
At the Recycling Center/Transfer Station:
Please note: Fees may apply to some items.
Appliances - large and small
Basic recyclables -- paper and containers
Bulky/Rigid plastics -- broken plastic chairs, hangers, large platters and toys;
Christmas Trees -( NO tinsel or ornaments)
Electronics -- anything that has a plug or needs batteries to run, large or small
Leaves, flowers, poinsettias, greenery -- (NO wire frames or ornaments)
Metal -- from grills to grommets; wire handles, staples, stripped wreath frames
Textiles -- backpacks, bedding, clothes, pillows, shoes, stuffed animals, towels; rips and stains o.k., NO wet, NO smell
At the supermarket:
Grocery bags; empty bread bags; dry cleaner bags - look for marked barrels
At Market Basket and Shaw's Supermarkets: Accept clean, dry & empty salt and pellet bags.
At antiques and gift stores: bubble wrap, clean foam peanuts, air pouch packing
At the florist: May accept your used vases
At the drycleaners: May accept good metal hangers
At Wal-Mart: Accepts good plastic hangers at the service desk