Drop items off in the Bay State Textiles bin at the Yard Waste and Recycling center at 25 Brixton Street (annual permit required)
The Town of West Hartford has an agreement with Bay State Textiles, Inc. to provide textile recycling at the Yard Waste and Recycling Center. Textiles comprise of about 5% of Municipal Solid Waste. According to Bay State Textiles, 95 percent of textiles can be reused or recycled, but Connecticut residents are only recycling 15 percent of all unwanted textiles. Every year in Connecticut, over 200 million pounds of textiles are disposed of at incinerators or landfills.
As an added bonus, the town will be receiving a $100 rebate from Bay State Textiles for each ton of textiles recycled.
Items that can be recycled include: bed sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters, belts, boots, coats, curtains, draperies, dresses, flip flops, hats, jackets, jeans, jerseys, pajamas, pants, purses, shirts, shoes, shorts, skirts, socks, stuffed animals, suits, sweaters, sweatpants, sweatshirts, table linens, ties, and undergarments.
Worn, torn, ripped, and stained items are also acceptable.
"With good stewardship of our waste, by diverting these items from the general waste stream, the town will see lower waste disposal cost," noted John Phillips. Approximately 45 percent of the material will be packed for export and as used clothing. About 30 percent of the items including flannel, t-shirts, towels, denim and other adsorbent material will be cut into rags and resold to industrial companies for cleaning equipment. The remaining 20 percent will be turned into fiber material. This material will be shipped to fiber mills and ground down and made into new material for use in items such as carpet padding, insulation, and high tech building materials.
The Yard Waste and Recycling Center is located at 25 Brixton St. A valid residential yard waste and recycling permit is required to use this service.
The hours of operation are Monday-Friday 7:30 am -4:00 pm; and Saturday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, April 1-December. Closed on Sunday. Christmas Eve through April 1st the Recycling Center is closed on Saturday.