Mar 1

WasteZero Brings Curbside Textiles Recycling Program to More than One Million Households

Raleigh, NC – March 1, 2018 – Last year, WasteZero signed an agreement with Solon, OH-based Simple Recycling to offer curbside collection of used textiles and small household items to communities around the nation. Under this agreement, WasteZero represents the Simple Recycling program to communities across 46 states and supports public outreach regarding textiles recycling. Now, 15 months later, WasteZero has successfully brought the program to more than 1 million households.

When a city or town adopts the program, residents are able to recycle unwanted textiles and small household items simply by bagging them and leaving them at the curb on their regular recycling collection day. The items are then collected, and either resold in thrift shops in the United States, exported, or recycled. The service is free to municipalities and to residents.

WasteZero initially began introducing the program to cities and towns in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, the Chicago metro area, eastern Massachusetts, central Connecticut, and central North Carolina. The response has been extremely positive.

WasteZero president, Mark Dancy said, “This is a program with all ‘up-side.’ It’s free to the community and to residents, and it helps divert materials that make up about 6% of the municipal waste stream. We’re keeping old clothes and textiles, belts, shoes, handbags, and other small household items out of the trash and putting them to beneficial reuse. It’s a win for everyone.”

Over the past 15 months, WasteZero has successfully brought the program to about 90 new communities, representing more than 1 million households. New cities and towns are being added each month as news about the program spreads and as WasteZero’s team informs municipal officials and staff about its benefits.

About WasteZero

WasteZero, the leading provider of the most effective waste reduction programs in the US, partners with more than 400 municipalities to reduce waste landfilled and burned, increase recycling, and generate savings. Our WasteZero Trash Metering™ programs and Pay-As-You-Throw conversion programs reduce solid waste 44% annually on average.
WasteZero uses leading edge technology to manufacture all our programs’ supplies, including customized plastic trash bags. Our Retail Store Distribution Program™ offers trash bag warehousing, inventory management, accounting, and more. WasteZero has offices in Cambridge, MA, Raleigh, NC, Murrells Inlet, SC, and Chicago, IL.

Alice Koehler
Senior Vice President, Marketing