A 2015 study shows that an estimated 6.6 million pounds of textiles are going to the landfill each year from ARR's curbside customers. That's 18,000 pounds of clothes going in the trash every day rather than being reused or recycled!
Austin residents have many choices for how to make good use of unwanted clothing and housewares.
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Austin has a vibrant reuse community among local charities and thrift stores. Austin Resource Recovery encourages Austinites to consider donating to local organizations first. Donating items to local nonprofits supports many health and human service programs for residents, such as job training, drug rehabilitation programs and school clothing drives, just to name a few. Visit the Austin Reuse Directory to learn more about local organizations that accept donations.
Purchasing used goods at local charities or thrift shops is another way to support local efforts and contribute to Austin's Zero Waste goal.
Curbside Clothing and Housewares Collection
Austin Resource Recovery also offers a free recycling service for clothing and housewares collection for its curbside customers. Collection is on customers' regular recycling day and week. The service is operated by Simple Recycling, a for-profit company that sells the materials in markets outside of Austin.