Textile recycling

The Middlebrook Recycling Club set up a Bay State Textiles recycling bin in the middle school’s parking lot to reduce the amount of textiles that go into landfills. According to the recycling bin company, 21 billion pounds of textiles in the United States are thrown away each year, 45% percent of which can be reused, 30% can be turned into wiping cloths and 20% can be recycled into new products. Textiles, ranging from clothing and shoes to linens and stuffed animals, can be put in the bin as long as they’re clean, dry, and bagged. Click here for a list of acceptabe items . — Janet Nobles photo