Textile Recycling Rolls into Greenfield

Households in Greenfield and surrounding towns can now dispose of unwanted textiles twice a month at a collection that benefits a local charity. Thanks to a new partnership between the Greenfield Department of Public Works, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County and the Hartsprings Foundation, collections of used cloth will be held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chapman/Davis municipal parking lot in downtown Greenfield. The next collection date is Saturday, May 14.

The Hartsprings Foundation collects used clothing, bedding, curtains, towels, handbags and shoes and sells and recycles them, with proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. In addition to supporting a local charity, the effort moves Greenfield closer to meeting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Solid Waste Master plan to remove 100% of textiles from the city’s waste stream. Nationwide, textiles make up nearly 6% of all municipal solid waste and in Greenfield, that’s an estimated 214 tons annually.

“It’s a win-win. This initiative bolsters the future of Franklin County, it has a BIG impact on our youth mentoring programs and on the environment.” said Ericka Almeida, Development Director for BBBS.

“This effort benefits a great cause and diverts items from the city’s waste stream at a time when disposal costs are soaring,” said DPW Director Marlo Warner. “This is a terrific way to help Big Brothers Big Sisters, and work toward our goal of a more sustainable Greenfield.”

More information about this program is available online at www.bbbs-fc.org/hartsprings or by calling the Greenfield DPW at 413-772-1528.

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