New Recycling Service: Free Curbside Collection of Used Textiles and Small Household Items

New Recycling Service:  Free Curbside Collection of Used Textiles and Small Household Items

Starting on September 10th, the Town of North Providence will begin offering a convenient new recycling service for residents:  Curbside collection of used textiles and small household items.  The service will be provided by Simple Recycling ( and will be free to the town and free to residents.

How It Works

In the weeks before the program launches, Simple Recycling will send informational mailers to residents who receive recycling collection from the Town of North Providence.  The mailers will contain free Simple Recycling bags.  When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted clothes and small household items, residents can place them in the bags.  Residents can then place the bags at the curb or alley near their recycling container on their normal recycling collection day.  Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick them up, free of charge.

When Simple Recycling collects bags from a residence, the collection worker will leave replacement bags at the curb.  If a resident has a lot of material to get rid of, and doesn’t have enough bags, then that’s no problem.  It’s OK to use regular trash bags that are clearly marked for Simple Recycling.  Residents can also contact Simple Recycling for more bags here.

Benefits for the Environment

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 84% of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, and textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator?1 In fact, the average person in America throws away more than 85 lbs. of textile items each year.2 Textiles make up more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the US.3

Clothing and textiles require a lot of resources to make, including water, fertilizer, and pesticides for growing natural fibers like cotton, as well as petroleum to make synthetic fibers. When we reuse and recycle textiles, it conserves the resources used to make them.  In fact, collecting one ton of clothing conserves far more than a ton of the “embedded” resources.

The Simple Recycling service is designed to keep those items out of the trash, which is good for the environment.

Types of Items Accepted

Simple Recycling will collect a wide range of used textiles and small household items.  The list of accepted items includes:

  • Used or New Clothing (men’s, women’s, children’s)
  • Boots & Shoes
  • Bedding (sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters)
  • Belts & Ties
  • Books
  • Bras
  • Coats & Jackets
  • Fashion Accessories
  • Handbags & Purses
  • Hats & Gloves
  • Kitchenware
  • Linens
  • Pillows
  • Sandals & Slippers (in pairs)
  • Socks (single or in pairs)
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Table Linens
  • Tools
  • Towels
  • Toys
  • Undergarments

For More Information

For more information about the Simple Recycling program, residents can call our Recycling Coordinator at 401-719-1610 or visit our website

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