Massachusetts residents and businesses throw away about 230,000 tons of usable textiles, including clothing, footwear, belts, hats, handbags, throw rugs, drapes, towels, sheets and other linens EVERY YEAR. 95% percent of this material can be reused as clothing, converted to wiping cloths, or recycled into new fiber-based products.
- Keeping used textiles out of the trash reduces disposal costs for local government, businesses and residents.
- Donating used textiles supports local organizations providing jobs and job training to Massachusetts residents.
- READ Article on Textile Recycling in Falmouth- Talking Trash 01.21.22 - Textiles
- Mass DEP statement- Textile Recovery Fact Sheet- Mass DEP
- Materials left in Textile boxes are sorted and graded according to quality and condition, and processed accordingly. Clean and wearable clothing will saved for re-use. Torn or shabby clothing, sheets, or drapes may be diverted to a recycler for shredding to make a variety of consumer and industrial products.
Donate your wearable clothing to local second-hand stores, or drop-off clean, dry clothes or household textiles in collection bins at these convenient Falmouth locations:
Falmouth Waste Management Facility, 458 Thomas Landers Rd.
- Salvation Army & American Red Cross Collection Boxes
Falmouth Public Elementary Schools & Morse Pond School
- Baystate Textiles Collection benefit local PTO’s. https://www.baystatetextiles.com/
- In 2020, Baystate Textiles collected over 111 TONS of textiles from the donation boxes at Falmouth Public Schools.
- Read more about local school collections - FPS- Textile Recycling Program
For more information contact Falmouth Recycling & Solid Waste Coordinator.