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March 27, 2013

Newbury offers textile recycling

NEWBURY — The town now has textile recycling available to its residents. Two bins have been set up, one at the transfer station and one in the parking lot at Newbury Town Library.

The recycling is aimed at those items that are deemed not usable for a second-hand shop, items that are torn, worn out or that one would normally put in the garbage.

It is estimated that Americans throw away 12.7 million tons of textiles a year (that includes sheets and towels), or 68 pounds of textiles per person.

This is according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which also estimates that 1.6 million tons of this can be recycled.

Suitable items for the recycling are used clothing, household linens, paired footware, belts, pocketbooks and stuffed animals. Unsuitable items are non-textiles, wet or contaminated items, rugs, pillows and mattresses.

The items should be bagged and tied for easy transport.

The Town of Newbury and Newbury Town Library will receive a portion of the money generated from the sale of the recycled items.

For more, contact the Newbury Board of Health at 978-465-0862, ext. 316.

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