New program allows Noblesville residents to recycle clothes and other household items

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (January 11, 2016)- The City of Noblesville is offering a second curbside recycling program.

Stating Monday, January 11, people in Noblesville can add clothing and other small household items to their list of recyclables.

The program is called Simple Recycling.

Noblesville is the first city in the state to offer this free service.

Each household in the city received several plastic yellow bags to place their recyclable items inside.

Acceptable items include men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, shoes, bedding, kitchenware, and other accessories.

“There are a lot of items you can’t donate, for example that pair of shoes with the soles falling off or something like that or the torn draperies. This is your chance to get those out of the landfills and have them recycled,” said Amy Shankland, community engagement coordinator for the city of Noblesville.

Large household items such as mattresses, dishwashers, washers and dryers will not be collected as part of this program.

What does Simple Recycling do with the items once it collects them?

Around 10% of the items collected go to local thrift stores, 70-80% are sent to brokers in developing countries to help people there, and 10% is usually not suitable to be re-sold and is then ground up an turned into insulation, industrial wiping rags, and  bedding.

This program comes at no cost to residents or the City of Noblesville.

Simple Recycling gives the city $0.01 for every pound it collects.

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