Department Of Sanitation Tests Clothing Recycling Program In District 11

Photo by Bensonhurst Bean
Photo by Bensonhurst Bean

Here’s the deal with that packet of pink bags from the Department of Sanitation.

Each year, New Yorkers throw away more than 200,000 tons of clothing and textiles. To make it easier to reuse or recycle unwanted clothing, DSNY is testing out a curbside clothing collection program. Our neighborhood, Community District 11, has been selected to pilot the program.

On your recycling day during the week of October 26, you can set out your pink bags of unwanted clothing for DSNY pickup.

Here are the instructions:

1. Fill the two enclosed pink bags with clean, unwanted clothing. Securely tie the bags and place them at the curb anytime after 4pm the night before your recycling day.

2. Fill the pink bags with clean, unwanted clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, towels, linens, and curtains. It’s OK to include ripped or torn items because these will be recycled. Please do not include books, rugs, suitcases, lamps, or children’s toys.

3. If you need additional bags, please download and print labels to tape to clear plastic bags to designate them for textile recycling. You can also contact Community Board 11 for extra pink bags.

Labels and more information can be found here.

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