Good news to all of us who bring our clothes, towels, sheets, and other textiles to get recycled. CENYC has just made it easier - here's what they had to say:
New York City estimates that over 193,000 tons of reusable and recyclable textiles are sent to landfills and incinerators each year. Textiles represent nearly 6% of New York City's annual residential waste. Throwing your unwanted clothing into the garbage damages the environment and could cost the taxpayer millions of dollars each year in unnecessary carting and disposal costs. We started with a pilot program to collect textiles in Union Square in June 2007 and have since expanded the program to include four locations, including one in Brooklyn. We have collected over 240,000 pounds of materials and we hope to collect more with your support. Bring clean clothing, shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts and other textiles.
They'll get sorted into different grades including usable/non-usable, cotton scrap, cotton blend scrap and synthetics. These commodities are then sold for reuse or to recycling markets that turn materials into wiping rags, fiber for car seats and insulation.
New 2009 Locations:
Union Square Greenmarket - Saturdays (begins January 3) 8am-6pm(West side of the Park)*
Tompkins Square Greenmarket - Sundays (begins January 4) 8am-4pm(East 7th St. & Ave A)*
97th Street Greenmarket - Fridays (begins January 9) 8am-2pm( 97th St. & Columbus Ave)
SPECIAL ONE-DAY COLLECTION:* Inwood Greenmarket - Saturday, January 10 only, 8am-2pm (Isham St. b/t Seaman & Cooper).