Waste Authority invites residents to recycle clothes

Published Nov 14, 2014 at 9:35am

UTICA — The 17th Annual America Recycles Day will be celebrated on Saturday. The event is a nationwide initiative dedicated to increasing awareness and showcasing the accomplishments of recycling. Each year millions of people are encouraged to “Go Green” by reducing waste, increasing recycling, and purchasing recycled products. 

“Aspart of America Recycles Day 2014, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority is joining a statewide textile recovery campaign titled ‘Clothes the Loop NY’  to remind residents to donate unwanted clothing, footwear, sheets, towels, tablecloths and other textiles,” said David Lupinski, the authority’s director of recycling.

“We want everyone to start recycling clothing by sending all unwanted clothing and textiles to their favorite charitable organization, or use the clothing collection containers at the Authority’s Residential Convenience Stations in Utica and Rome. Clothing and textiles cannot be placed in your curbside recycling bin. Residents can find the nearest drop off location by visiting www.ohswa.org or www.NYTextiles.org,” Lupinski continued.

Annually, residents of Oneida and Herkimer Counties generate over 10,000 tons of clothing and textiles – with an estimated market value of $3 million – that are tossed in the trash. Across the state, residents dispose of some 1.4 billion pounds of clothing and textiles annually, with an estimated market value exceeding $200 million.

This weekend, municipalities are encouraging their esidents to “Clothes the Loop” by recycling their unwanted clothing and household textiles, and not discarding as trash.

For information, call the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority at 733-1224.

Recyclable clothes, textiles

Here is a list of items that can be recycled, according to the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority:

All footwear;

Clothing, clean and dry; torn, worn, missing buttons, non-functioning zippers are OK;

Accessories: Hats, gloves, scarves, pocketbooks, duffle bags, totes, belts and ties;

Linens: Sheets, blankets, comforters; dish towels; throw rugs; draperies; table linens and placemats.