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Textile Recycling Boosts Funding for Holliston Not for Profits

by Press Release
June 9, 2019

The Friends of the Holliston Library held their 2nd annual spring textile drive the weekend of May 1 and collected 3,854 pounds, or nearly 2 tons of clothing that will be reused or recycled by Bay State Textiles.  The drive raised approximately $850 and more importantly awareness of the option to reuse old clothing.

Holliston has many local options for recycling textiles across town including another fundraising opportunity at the Adams Middle School sponsored by the Holliston Public Schools Green Committee.  The only requirement is that the textiles should be clean and dry. Please note the sign - do not leave textiles outside of the bin or the materials become trash.  Keith Buday, Holliston Public Schools Business Manager, reports that, "Bay State Textiles placed the collection bins here and we receive a monthly check from them. Through 4 months of this calendar year we have received $300.50 and last year we received $993.25."

These fundraisers highlight the fact that Massachusetts residents and businesses dispose of approximately 230,000 tons of textiles annually.  Nearly six percent of the waste delivered from communities across the Commonwealth to combustion facilities for disposal is made up of clothing, curtains, towels and other fabrics.  About 95 percent of this material could be reused or recycled instead of thrown away.

Textile reuse and recycling has the second highest potential environmental impact on reducing greenhouse gases compared to other recyclables. Nationally, recycling 2.3 million tons of clothing per year is the equivalent of removing 1.3 million cars from U.S. roads. 

Holliston residents, as you look to reduce your trash please consider these donation options that also provide revenue for our community. For more information please see https://www.townofholliston.us/home/pages/recycling-and-solid-waste-0

 

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Comments (1)

Terrific awareness !! Thanks for the great article !!

- Mark Ahronian | 6/9/19 2:20 PM

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