The citizens of Queen Creek, Arizona understand the value of recycling clothes and the importance of keeping no longer wanted textiles out of the local landfill.
Earlier this Fall, the town decided to start a new waste recycling pilot program to encourage and increase textile material curbside recycling. The new initiative will allow the seven thousand residents of Queens Creek to recycle textiles such as clothing, shoes, towels, sheets, and blankets into a designated blue bag that would be placed in a bin with other recycling for regular pick-up. The textiles can be in any condition – even those that are ripped or soiled are acceptable.
The collected textile waste is then shipped to United Fibers an regional company that uses the fiber to make insulation. The pilot program is expected to run for four months and during that time monthly reporting will be available to gauge the effectiveness and participation rates of the recycling. For every pound of waste textiles collected the local Boys and Girls Club will receive ten cents. There is no additional fees imposed on the residents for the textile collection.
WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Is there a business in your community that could use your trash to make new products? Unique waste recycling partnerships like this one in Queens Creek can help to reduce landfill waste with bringing in funds for local services or non-profits!