Mayor Brian Arrigo announced that the City of Revere has partnered with Simple Recycling to provide free curbside pickup of discarded clothing, textiles, and small household items.
Revere residents will soon receive two “pink bags” that they can fill with unwanted clothing, jewelry, shoes, toys, blankets, drapes, pillows, and assorted small household items. Residents simply place the bag next to their recycling bin during regular recycling weeks, and a Simple Recycling vehicle will pick it up and leave a replacement bag for future use.
Residents can obtain more bags, or notify the company of a missed pick-up, with a simple request through Simple Recycling's website simplerecycling.com.
Simple Recycling Contact Information
The program provides dual financial benefits for the City. Since Revere pays “tipping fees” for trash disposal, reducing the amount of material dumped at the RESCO incinerator, the fees are reduced. Beyond that, Simple Recycling pays a fee to the city for each ton collected.
It is estimated that nationwide, some 14.3 million tons of clothing ends up in landfills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that across the country, an average of 85 pounds per person of textile items end up in the municipal trash. Through the Simple Recycling program, materials are sorted and either re-used or processed for raw material.
What Can I Recycle?
- Men's Clothing
- Women's Clothing
- Children's Clothing
- Coats and Jackets
- Sleeping Bags
What Happens to My Items?
Q: What time should I put my bags out?
A: You must put your bags out by 7am on your recycling day. If you put your bags out after the Simple Recycling van has already passed, you may have to wait until your next recycling day.
Q: My bag wasn’t picked up? Why not? What can I do?
A: We are unable to tell you why, but you can call (866) 835-5068 or complete the Missed Pickup form, and they will let you know if the van can swing past again.
Q: How do I get more bags?
A: Simple Recycling will drop off a new bag for every one they pick up. But if you still want more bags, you can call (866) 835-5068 or complete the Request Bags form.
Q: What is the benefit to residents?
A: Every dollar of taxpayer money saved on trash costs provides the City a chance to redirect funds for other important infrastructure or other improvements. It also ensures a good re-use for items that still have life left in them.
Q: What is the cost to residents?
A: $0. This program is free.
Q: How do I get more information?
Q: How do I find more cool videos about Textile Recycling made by Revere Public School students, like the one at the top of this page?
A: Revere High School students created three great videos. We are very grateful. Here are the other two: