Saving Textiles in Weymouth

By Ed Baker
Wicked Local Weymouth
Posted Apr 03, 2012 @ 02:17 PM
Last update Apr 04, 2012 @ 03:55 PM
Weymouth —

Residents often toss well-worn shoes, coats and clothing into trash barrels, but a regional recycling alliance group hopes to persuade them to place the items in recycling containers that will be located outside the town’s schools through April 30.

“Basically in every municipality, 6 to 7 percent of the trash is textile-related items that can be recycled,” said Rosemary Nolan, a solid waste coordinator for the Tri-Town Alliance of Weymouth, Braintree and Quincy.

Nolan said Tri-Town Alliance hopes to reduce the cost of hauling away trash by persuading residents to recycle textiles.

“The more we reduce our trash tonnage, we will save more money if the community gets behind it,” Nolan said.

The Weymouth Department of Public Works, Baystate Textiles and Capital Waste Services are coordinating the collection of the textile recyclables throughout April. Weymouth pays $95 per ton for trash disposal, and according to the Tri-Town Alliance, by reducing 1,140 tons of textile disposal in a year, the town would save $108,300.

Items considered appropriate for placement in the bins include bed sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters, belts, boots, coats, curtains, draperies, dresses, flip-flops, hats, jackets, jeans, jerseys, pajamas, pants, purses, shirts, shoes, shorts, skirts, slippers, socks, stuffed animals, suits, sweaters, sweatpants sweatshirts, table linens, ties, T-shirts and undergarments.

Products that are stained with hazardous liquids like gasoline should not be placed in the containers, nor should carpets and mattresses.

More information in this report is availble in the April 4 edition of the Weymouth News.