Jan 4

WasteZero Partners with Simple Recycling to Offer Curbside Collection of Used Textiles

Raleigh, NC – January 4th, 2017 – WasteZero has 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 will introduce and represent the Simple Recycling program to communities across 46 states, as well as help support public education and outreach regarding textiles recycling.

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.

Mark Dancy, president of WasteZero, said, “WasteZero is focused on providing the absolute best waste reduction solutions for our communities. When a city or town wants to reduce textile waste, we can offer them a number of options with different partners—including non-profit organizations—depending on a community’s goals. When a solution with curbside collection is needed, then the Simple Recycling program fits perfectly.”

Simple Recycling wanted to partner with WasteZero because of its skill in working with municipal governments, as well as its experience in public education and outreach. Dancy added, “The goal is to help expand this program’s footprint nationally, focusing on key geographies first.”

The program is a perfect match for WasteZero’s mission to reduce waste. 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. On average, that works out to about 85 lbs. of textile items per person each year. As a result, textiles make up more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the US. This program can divert all of those materials and aims to keep them out of landfills and incinerators.

The first new programs should be coming on line within a few months. Initial target geographies include areas in the Midwest, Southeast, and New England.

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