Stillwater has new way to recycle textiles
According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesotans throw away nearly 12 grocery carts full of clothing and fabrics every minute. But for Stillwater residents, recycling old clothes is now as easy as recycling milk jugs and pop cans.
Simple Recycling is a new curbside service which provides the Stillwater community with an easy option for recycling clothing and household items. The service began collections in the city July 24.
Residents receive plastic, drawstring bags, which can be filled with clothes and other fabrics, as well as some small electrical devices.
Neither the city nor residents pay for the service. In fact, the city will receive a penny per pound of material collected. The city council approved a contract with Great Lakes Recycling, Inc., doing business as Simple Recycling, in March.
“You can place textiles, such as clothing, bedding pills, shoes [in the bag],” said Paul Gardner, who presented the concept to Stillwater in March on behalf of Simple Recycling. “You can put in things like sporting goods, small electrical devices, small vacuum cleaners and the like. Put them in or near the bag at the end of your driveway on the same day as recycling day.”