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New Textile Recycling Program Coming to Hoboken

by Michele Danna
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As part of the city’s Climate Action Plan, Hoboken is introducing a new Textile Recycling Program where residents can bring unwanted textiles to designated locations in town. While Hoboken already has several clothing donation locations, this is different. Textile recycling allows undonatable, torn, or unwearable textiles — such as shoes, clothing, accessories, and linens — to be recycled and keeps those textiles out of landfills. The city announced the new program via press release earlier this week. Read on for everything you need to know about Hoboken’s Textile Recycling Program.

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The Details

According to the press release, according to the Hoboken Climate Action Plan and Greenhouse Gas Inventory, adopted in 2019, nine percent of greenhouse gas emissions emitted in the community come from solid waste, including textiles.

Read More: A Guide to Recycling in Hoboken + Tips on Reducing Carbon Footprints

Man-made materials do not typically decompose and natural fibers can take years to decompose. Materials like woolen fibers can also release methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as they decompose. Per the press release, the city’s new textile recycling program will reduce the number of textiles sent to landfills decreasing the City’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of the City’s Climate Action Plan to be carbon neutral by 2050. 

Per the press release, the city has installed two textile recycling bins on city-owned property to divert used textiles from landfills and provide the community with an additional means of waste management. One bin is on the patio behind City Hall at 94 Washington Street, along Bloomfield Street, and one bin is at Church Square Park along the north side of the central restroom building at 400 Garden Street.

The program accepts the following items in any condition:  

  • Clean clothes
  • Shoes
  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • Handbags
  • Clothing accessories

Non-acceptable items include: 

  • Plastic toys
  • Bathroom mats
  • Rugs
  • Shower curtains
  • Down pillows + comforters

Per the press release, the city awarded non-profit Green Tree Textiles as its provider of textile recycling at no cost to the city. Green Tree Textiles handles more than 100,000 pounds of textile recycling each month. Green Tree Textiles will collect the recyclables weekly. Environmental Services staff will assist in monitoring the textile bins and notify Green Tree about increasing their frequency of scheduled pick-ups if needed per the press release.

See More: The Ultimate Guide to Recycling in Montclair

The Hoboken Green Team initiated the Textile Recycling Program. To learn more about the Hoboken Green Team, go to www.hobokennj.gov/resources/green-team.

For more information on the Textile Recycling Program, go to www.hobokennj.gov/resources/textile-recycling.

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