Massachusetts residents and businesses dispose approximately 230,000 tons of textiles annually. About 95 percent of this material could be reused or recycled instead of thrown away. Learn what the state is doing and what you can do to keep clothing, footwear, bedding, curtains - even stuffed animals - out of landfills and incinerators, and to extend their useful lives by putting them in the hands of new owners or recycling their fibers into other products.

Textiles by the Numbers
How & Where to Recycle Textiles
Promoting & Regulating Textile Recycling in Your Community
Textile Recycling Education in Schools
State & Regional Initiatives

 

Textiles by the Numbers

How & Where to Recycle Textiles

Promoting & Regulating Textile Recycling in Your Community

Textile Recycling Education in Schools

  • Case Study: Weymouth Public Schools Textile Recycling Program pdf format of Weymouth Public Schools Textile Recycling Program doc format of cs-weymouth.doc
    A unique program that not only raises funds for local schools, but educates the community about the environmental benefits of keeping textiles out of the trash.
  • The Green Team
    An interactive MassDEP educational program that empowers students and teachers to help the environment through waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation and pollution prevention. Participating classes receive certificates of recognition and are eligible to win awards.
  • Wear it? Recycle It!
    Lesson plans and other materials for teaching and learning about textile recycling from Secondary Materials & Recycled Textiles (SMART) and The Education Center.

State & Regional Initiatives