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Clothing and Housewares Recycling Collection

posted Dec 6, 2016, 9:28 AM by Stu Beam
A free new recycling service for curbside customers is now available: clothing and housewares collection. Collection is on customers’ regular recycling day and week.
Austinites who don’t receive curbside services from Austin Resource Recovery, such as those who live in apartments, can participate by dropping off clothing and housewares at the Recycle & Reuse Drop-Off Center
Austin Resource Recovery encourages Austinites to continue donating to charitable causes first and to use this new curbside service for items that would otherwise be thrown away.
How It Works
Austin Resource Recovery has partnered with an independent company – Simple Recycling – to collect clothing and housewares.
Use the green Simple Recycling bags that you received in the mail to collect items and put them next to your blue recycling cart on your recycling collection day. When Simple Recycling picks up a bag, they will leave a new one in its place. You can request additional bags online or call Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068.
Simple Recycling trucks will collect the bags, so they may be collected before or after your blue recycling cart is emptied on your recycling collection day. The green Simple Recycling bags will be recycled after the items are collected.
Items Collected
Many types of clothing and housewares are accepted, including the following:
  • Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing
  • Accessories
  • Shoes and boots
  • Hats
  • Purses
  • Fabric scraps
  • Stuffed animals
  • Toys
  • Linens
  • Tools
  • Kitchenware
  • Books
This service is free of charge. Simple Recycling pays the City of Austin $20 per ton of material collected and keeps the remaining profits from the sale of the collected items. This allows them to make a profit while providing the service to the City and its residents free of charge.
Simple Recycling sells as many items for reuse as possible, first within the state of Texas, then nationally, then internationally. Items that cannot be reused are sold for recycling. Only items that cannot be reused or recycled are disposed of in the landfill.
Also, residents can go directly to Simple Recycling site at:
They have several cool graphics on their site and you can give me or them a call if you see something specific that will work for your outreach efforts.
You can reach the owner directly by phone (866) 835-5068