Livonia residents will soon be able to recycle unwanted textiles and small household items simply by bagging them and leaving them at the curb on their regular recycling collection day.
Livonia is launching the new service Monday, Dec. 9 in partnership with Simple Recycling, which will be picking up the items throughout the City. The service is free to residents and the City.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 84% of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, and textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator. On average, that works out to about 85 lbs. of textile items per person each year. As a result, textiles make up more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the US.
Simple Recycling is sending informational mailers to homes that receive recycling collection from the City. The mailers will contain free Simple Recycling bags.
Residents are encouraged to continue donating new and used clothing or household items to various local charities. The Simple Recycling option is for items of any age and its purpose is to provide a convenient curbside collection option for residents who want it. Ultimately, it’s about keeping items out of the trash.
When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted items, residents can place them in the bags. If a resident doesn’t have enough orange bags, they can use regular trash bags that are clearly marked for Simple Recycling. Residents can then place the bags at the curb on their normal recycling collection day.
The company will accept a wide range of used textiles and small household items. The list of accepted items includes all types of used or new clothing, boots and shoes, belts and ties, handbags, hats and gloves, toys, towels, sheets and blankets, small kitchen appliances, and more.
For more information about the Simple Recycling program, residents can call the Livonia Department of Public Works at (734) 466-2655 or visit Simple Recycling.