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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Braintree Recycling Reminds You To Support Your School

While clothing & other textiles do not belong in your recycling cart, that does not mean they belong in the trash!  

The amount of textiles being thrown away in the U.S. increased from 43% between 2003 and 2013.  

MA residents throw away more than 250,000 tons yearly.  About 95% of that could have been recovered for productive reuse. 

At an average cost of $70 for every ton of trash disposed of, municipalities pay about $16 Million of residential tax money to send textiles to landfills & waste incinerators every year!  

Even items with rips, missing zippers, stains, or buttons are fine to donate as long as they are not stained with oil or hazardous materials.  The 2nd Life of Textiles:  

  • Old T Shirts & towels = new wiping cloth
  • Old socks = pillow stuffing
  • Old denim = household insulation
  • Stuffed animal = car seat stuffing

Braintree has textile containers at every schoolyard, as well as at The Recycling Center on Ivory Street.  School & PTO’s earn revenue for every ton collected.

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