This spring it may be easier to clean up and save the planet at the same time, especially if you live in White Plains, which is the first lower-Westchester community to establish recycling for your tattered textiles. It’s a rags to riches story… we hope.
What White Plains has managed to do is make money and get rid of a lot of old cloth that otherwise would have gone into landfills. A win-win. Working with a New Jersey-based recycling company, Trans-America Textile Recycling, White Plains offers residents the option to recycle cloth items too old and yucky to be donated to charities by bringing them to the Gedney Recycling Yard between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Two new textile recycling containers are now located in the yard at 87 Gedney Way, White Plains.
Trans-America will pay White Plains $100 for every ton of textiles that they collect. The company will use the textiles to make rags, carpet padding, and other items. They’ve been in business with other cities for several decades, removing textiles from the waste stream. Perhaps other Westchester communities will take note.
According to White Plains Mayor Thomas M. Roach, “the EPA estimates that more than 85 percent of the over 13 million tons of textiles discarded in the U.S. annually ends up in the trash. An urban area with a population of 50,000 (such as White Plains) annually pays for the handling and disposal of approximately 3,000 tons of textiles.”
The following textiles will be accepted:
All types of used, perhaps threadbare, clothing, towels, bedding; handbags with broken handles; footwear with worn out soles; damaged drapes, broken belts, stained pillows, torn up soft toys.