R.I. residents encouraged to donate more textile materials

R.I. residents encouraged to donate more textile materials

JOHNSTON - The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is partnering with the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association to educate Rhode Island residents on the importance of proper textile recycling, regardless of how worn, torn or damaged these items may be.

"With families throughout the state finishing up their back-to-school shopping preparing students for the year ahead, now is the perfect time to empty closets bursting with outworn and long forgotten clothing," said Sarah Kite, director of Recycling Services for RIRRC. "We are aiming to reverse the common school of thought that only one's 'best' discarded clothing can be recycled or reused. The truth is quite the opposite - as long as textiles are dry and odorless, they can be donated through a clothing collection bin anywhere in Rhode Island."

Items that are stained, worn, torn or ripped can all be recycled and reused, as long as they are dry and free of odors.

And the bins can accept far more than just used clothing. The most common textile items donated include shirts, jeans, footwear, drapes, sheets, pillows, handbags, towels, belts and stuffed animals. Items that cannot be accepted: carpets, rugs, mattresses and contaminated textiles, such as oil rags.

In Rhode Island, textiles should never be placed in recycling bins due to the hazard they pose at the state's Materials Recycling Facility. Donations can be made in any clothing collection bin throughout the state, or at one of the two Kiducation bins located at the Central Landfill at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston. A list of the Goodwill collection bins can be found on the RIRRC website at www.rirrc.org/reuse.

View the entire list of what types of textiles can be recycled on the SMART website.

To learn more about proper textile recycling methods in Rhode Island or the Recycle Together RI program, visit www.RecycleTogetherRI.org.

To learn more about the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association, visit www.smartasn.org .