This program is a joint venture between Bay State Textiles and the PTOs of each the public school in Burlington. Bay State Textiles will place collection bins outside of each school beginning in April. They will collect donations on a weekly basis. Once collected, Bay State Textiles will give $100 per ton of unwanted textiles back to each PTO. The money collected by the PTOs will then be used for student scholarships and/or other enrichment programs.
Why is this program so important?
We will reduce the amount of waste we produce. Only 15% of all textile waste is currently recycled, but 95% can be recycled! Textiles represent about 5% of the overall waste generated in the United States each year. If we can begin recycling our textiles, then we can greatly reduce the overall waste we’re producing. This program has already saved 80 million pounds of clothing waste in Massachusetts. With time and practice, children will come to think of recycling clothing as habitually as we think of recycling paper, plastic, and glass.
A Drop boxes is located outside of Fox hill School in the back of the parking lot.
✓ Flip Flops
Materials can be donated in any condition, but all donations must be clean and dry!
✓ Bed Linens
✓ Table Linens
✓ Throw Rugs
✓ Stuffed Animals
By the Numbers – Impact on Burlington
• 25,729 – Population of Burlington
• 70 – Pounds of clothing that the Average American throws out each year
• 900 – Tons of textile waste produced annually in the USA
• 6 – Public schools in Burlington
• 3,626 – Students in the Burlington Public Schools
• 36 – Tons of textile waste that could be reduced if each student in Burlington recycled 2 ten pound trash bags of textiles
• $23K – Annual town savings by recycling textile waste
• $3,626 – Money that can be redistributed to the Burlington school
PTO’s for student scholarships and/or enrichment programs
Kathryn Larsen | 617-877-2432