Starting the week of January 15th, 2018 residents of Mount Prospect will have a convenient curbside collection program that will help reduce harmful environmental impact of textile waste. The Village of Mount Prospect is partnering with Simple Recycling to offer residents an effective and innovative way to choose recycling over throwing away. Simple Recycling exists to provide communities with a scalable and convenient solution to help dramatically reduce the harmful impact of textile waste. The free textile collection service aims to forge long-lasting benefits for the environment, people and communities alike.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 85% of all clothing ends up in the landfill with only 15% being donated. Proactive efforts to recycle clothing, shoes, and accessories today can have the same impact as removing millions of cars from the nation's roads. In addition, when recycled or reused, these items help reduce greenhouse gasses more than recycling glass, plastics, and yard trimmings.
Adam Winfield, President for Simple Recycling says: “We focus on convenience and simplicity. Our goal is to offer residents the simplest way to let your clothing be loved again.”
For those residents that traditionally donate clothing to charities, the Village and Simple Recycling encourages them to continue to do so.
How Do I Participate
How Do I Request Bags
To kick start the program Simple Recycling mailed bags to all single family homes. When you set your bags at the curb for collection the driver will leave replacement bags behind. If you need additional bags you have the following options.
- Stop by the Public Works Department and pickup bags. Public Works is located at 1700 W. Central Rd. We are open Monday through Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm.
- Request bags from Simple Recycling online http://simplerecycling.com/bag-request/
What Items Can be Collected
For more detailed information regarding textile recycling, please visit the village’s website or contact the Public Works Department at 847-870-5640.