With a master contract in place between the Central Connecticut Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA) and Bay State Textiles, nine CCSWA communities (Bloomfield, Bolton, Canton, Cromwell, East Granby, Enfield, Glastonbury, Manchester and Simsbury) have signed on to participate in a textile collection program. Acceptable items for recycling include: footwear (shoes, boots, sneakers, flip flops); clothing (tops, pants, undergarments, pajamas, coats); accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, pocketbooks, tote bags, belts, ties); linens (sheets, blankets, comforters, dish towels, table linens, throw rugs, draperies, placemats); and stuffed animals. Collection boxes and trailers are typically located at transfer stations and bulky waste facilities, but can also be set up at schools, fire stations and other municipal locations. Participating towns are paid $100 per ton of textiles recycled, and will enjoy the added benefits of saving on disposal tipping fees and reducing their environmental impact by recovering more textiles (up to 95% can be reused or repurposed).
Additional information, including copies of resulting contracts, can be found on the Capitol Region Council of Governments’ website. Visit Bay State’s website for news stories and examples of other successful recycling programs in Massachusetts.