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Textile Recycling Pilot Program Ends

Raleigh’s pilot program for curbside textile recycling is ending. The City’s partner, Simple Recycling, is leaving the area due to operational concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has struggled with a profitable financial model to maintain services during the pandemic, and in March, it suspended collection services in the City. The global pandemic has had a significant impact on many organizations, thus forcing a reduction in services.

The City of Raleigh and Simple Recycling began the pilot program in February 2018. Simple’s decision to leave the area means it won’t resume collection here.

For questions about the program’s end, reach out to Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068.

You Can Continue to Recycle Your Clothing

While the curbside collection pilot program is ending, you can continue to donate and recycle clothing. Visit this Clothing Charities in Raleigh list for nonprofits that provide textiles (clothing), or use proceeds from sales of clothing to fund their programming. 

You can also drop off textiles at designated Wake County sites that accept textiles.

The average person throws away almost 70 pounds of clothing, shoes and accessories each year. By recycling these items, you can keep them out of the landfill and make them available to others.

Check out the Recycling page to learn more about textile recycling.



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