Textile Recycling Coming to Raleigh

News posted Sep. 21, 2017 - 8:00 pm

As part of the growing efforts to increase recycling and divert waste from the landfill, the City of Raleigh and Simple Recycling are partnering to provide a new, easy, and free residential textile curbside collection service. The City Council approved an agreement with Simple Recycling on Tuesday.

Textiles are a small but fast growing segment of the waste stream. The federal Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 3.8 billion pounds of textiles are recycled each year in the U.S. This only accounts for approximately 15 percent of all textile waste, sending 85 percent to landfills.

The three-year pilot program will provide Raleigh residential solid waste customers the convenience to recycle unwanted textiles on the same day as their curbside recycling. Acceptable items include clothing, footwear, towels, bedding, drapery and other fabric items.

The City of Raleigh encourages those who donate items to charity to continue doing so. The purpose of pilot program is to provide a convenient curbside option for recycling textiles and household items. The service will be provided entirely by Simple Recycling at no cost to Raleigh residents. The service is slated to begin by the start of 2018. An announcement on the program’s startup will be made here on the City’s website and on its social media channels.

For more information, contact

  • Terri Godwin Hyman, Communications Manager, Solid Waste Services Department, 919-996-6886
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