Did you know... More than 230,000 tons of usable textiles - including clothing, footwear, towels, bedding and other fabric-based products - were sent to landfills and incinerators in Massachusetts in the last year. Bay State Textiles has developed a program to turn these textile throw outs into revenue for schools and municipalities. The program was generated based on the study by the MassDEP,MassDEP supports effort to increase public awareness of textile recycling The concept of the rebate program is to educate students on textile recycling while providing financial support. "Textile recycling needs to become familiar and as easy to perform as bottle, can, and paper recycling," The program was first launched in the Weymouth School System last year and in a short amount of time has had great success. The Quincy schools are on board, growing their program. I encourage you to read Communities, charities profit in recycling textiles featured in the Boston Globe highlighting Bay State Textiles.
It is a triple winner:
- The schools generate needed revenue.
- The town saves by keeping it out of the landfills and reducing tipping fees.
- Helps the environment, the economy and educating the students.