Jan. 9, 2024 - The Village of Oak Park is offering collection of used textiles and small household items as part of its ongoing effort to help residents reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.
The textile service is provided by Simple Recycling and is free to all Oak Park residents.
Free pickups can be scheduled online through Simple Recycling’s website at www.simplerecycling.com or by phone at 866.835.5068. Recyclables are then placed in a bag or box outside the resident’s front door by 7:30 a.m. on the scheduled pickup date.
Simple Recycling collects a wide range of textiles and small household items, including used or new men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, bedding, boots and shoes, belts and ties, coats and jackets, hats and gloves, pillows, towels and table linens. More information, including an extensive list of items accepted, is available at www.oak-park.us/textilerecyling.
The textile recycling program does not target clothing donations to charities but instead is aimed at diverting clothing and home goods placed in curbside trash away from landfills. Americans are still throwing away 85% of clothing and textiles even with all the charitable donation opportunities.
Simple Recycling sends the material it collects to a facility in Chicago, where roughly 30% of the material is destined to local thrift stores for resale, 30% is appropriate for overseas markets, and the remainder is shredded and recycled into insulation and fiber for industrial wipers.
The Village’s agreement with Simple Recycling does not prevent any resident from donating material to their favorite charity and is simply another convenient option available to residents looking to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.
In addition to the textile recycling program, the Village also operates a composting program to help residents reduce the amount of organic refuse sent to landfills. Additionally, residents in single-family homes and buildings with five or fewer units can schedule at-home collection of electronics and hazardous household waste through the Village’s waste-hauling contract with LRS.
For more information about recycling options in Oak Park, visit www.oak-park.us/recycling, call 708.358.5700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.