Audits performed recently at several Mass. disposal facilities revealed that over 5% of our trash is composed of used but useful textiles. That adds up to 240,000 tons, or 73 pounds of clothes, footwear and household “soft-wear” that the average Massachusetts resident burns or buries each year.
It’s time to clear up the misperception that charities and textile recyclers only want “gently used” items. The fact is even the shabbiest old cloth, leather or stuffed item in your house that is deposited in a textile donation box (not your household recycling bin) will be re-purposed.