By Jody Miller
Special to the Beacon Journal
BATH TWP.: Trustees voted this week to work with Great Lakes Recycling for the collection and repurposing of household textiles — fleece, flannel, corduroy, cotton, nylon, denim, wool and linen — that too often end up in landfills.
The company, which operates as Simple Recycling, will provide green, 20-gallon bags to each home in Bath. It then will collect the bags, at no charge, curbside on the day of regular trash collection.
Simple Recycling will handle the reuse/recycling of the collected material at three levels, township Administrator Vito Sinopoli said.
He said some items will go to a local nonprofit, such as Goodwill or Amvets, for reuse or distribution; others items will be shipped overseas for use there; and stained or torn material will be recycled.
The array of items acceptable for collection includes clothing, bedding, draperies, pillows, stuffed animals, table linens, belts, ties, boots and even some books. Additional bags will be dropped off curbside when collection takes place, Sinopli said.
Simple Recycling plans to start collecting within a month. That will provide the company with the “opportunity to mail out information and two recycling bags to each of the township’s customers currently enrolled in trash service through Rumpke,” Sinopoli said.
“As textile pickups are made, Simple Recycling drivers will drop off another bag or two at a resident’s paper box. They also plan to have a supply of bags at the Bath Township Administration complex.”
According to data Simple Recycling provided, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 70 pounds of clothing per person are thrown away each year, with 85 percent of textiles not being recycled or donated.