The City of Berea will expand its recycling program to include curbside pickup of “soft” recyclables such as clothing, linens and shoes.
Simple Recycling will pick up the items every week on the same day as trash and other recyclables are collected by Republic Services. Homeowners will be provided with green plastic bags in which to place any clothing recyclables. They also will be given tags to place on additional boxes or bags. As the bags are collected, Simple Recycling will provide homeowners with additional bags and tags.
The process makes it easier for people to recycle, Mayor Cyril Kleem said. People can still deliver items to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or other similar collection points, but picking items up at curbside may be more convenient for some folks. Most of the items collected by Simple Recycling are not usable but are repurposed into towels, cleaning rags and other materials. Some usable items are sent to underdeveloped countries.
The city will receive a penny a pound for those items collected.
“Clothing and textiles are 100 percent recyclable but 85 percent end up in a landfill,” Mayor Kleem said. “This is not a big windfall for the City but that’s not the intention. It keeps these items out of the landfill and that lowers our tipping fees.”
Simple Recycling will collect the following items: men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, bedding, belts and ties, boots and shoes, coats and jackets, curtains, dresses, purses, hats and gloves, jeans, pajamas, linens, socks and underwear, toys, books, small kitchenware and tools.
Residents will receive a mailing from Simple Recycling explaining the program, which could get under way in late February or early March. The cities of Broadview Heights and Fairview Park already are using the program.
For more information, visit www.simplerecycling.com.