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Textile Recycling Program

The Village Board recently passed Resolution 2021-R-056 authorizing the approval of a contract with Simple Recycling for an optional textile recycling program that is being offered to residents at no cost. The program is set to launch the week of Nov. 15. Residents will receive a mailer with more information and a starter bag the week of Nov. 1.

What is simple recycling?
Simple Recyling BagsThe Simple Recycling program allows for free, convenient curbside collection of textiles. Residents who are interested in participating only need to fill their Simple Recycling bags with textiles and then leave them out for collection on trash collection day.

Simple Recycling is the leading residential waste reduction company in the United States. Its mission is to cut the cost of trash in half, helping communities save money and reduce waste. This program is not meant to replace donations to thrift stores. In fact, most nonprofits and thrift stores tend to have more goods than they can handle and are not looking for poor-quality items. Therefore, Simple Recycling helps supplement donations and accepts ripped and torn clothes, old linens, single socks, etc.

Simple Recycling was established in 2014 and serves more than 4,500,000 households in more than 160 cities. Other Chicago-area communities that Simple Recycling serves include Elgin, Mount Prospect, Hanover Park, Skokie, Niles, Northbrook, Villa Park, Hoffman Estates, Barrington and Elk Grove Village.

What can be recycled?
Items that can be recycled include clothing, coats and jackets, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, blankets, drapes/curtains, pillows, sleeping bags and more.

What happens to the collected items?
All of the materials are graded and sorted locally and/or regionally based on quality and condition. The top-quality materials will be resold to local thrift outlets, while mid-grade materials will be exported to international markets. "Unusable” items will be processed for raw materials.

What Happens to Your Recycled Clothing

When will my items be collected?
Simple Recycling follows the existing garbage schedule, so be sure to leave your bag out on your regular trash collection day. 

How can I get more bags?
Once Simple Recycling collects your bags on your trash collection day, they will leave behind additional bags for your use. You can also call (866) 835-5068 or email

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