Have you ever wondered how to dispose of well-worn jeans, T-shirts or other clothing, no longer usable bedding, pillows, knapsacks, or footwear? As long as these items are clean, even if they are stained or damaged, they can be placed in the new Bay State Textiles bins on campus. This benefits the environment and Salem State. For every ton of textiles recycled, Bay State Textiles will donate $100 to Salem State.
Bins will be located behind Viking, Peabody, and near Bates beginning Wednesday, May 1. A trailer will be available at Marsh Hall from May 8-10. Please place items in plastic bags to keep them free of moisture. Plastic bags are available at the front desks in all dorms.
Bring things from home; tell your neighbors and friends. The public is welcome to use these bins. The more we recycle, the more money Salem State receives while more textiles are kept out of the solid waste stream.
The average American throws away 81 pounds of textiles each year. Only 15% of this is typically donated or recycled despite the fact that 95 percent of worn textiles can be recycled. Recycled items are typically separated into usable clothing (45%), wiper cloths (30%), and fiber which is converted to new material (20%). In addition to keeping items out of the solid waste stream, recycling textiles provides other environmental benefits from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to reducing water needed for creating new fibers.
Consult Bay State Textile’s website for the full list of items that can be recycled. Note that Bay State cannot accept mattresses, foam products such as mattress pads, or rugs.