City sets up drop boxes for used textiles

Do you have old clothes that you plan to throw away? You can now recycle them through drop boxes instead. The city has installed drop boxes at several locations— including three in Dorchester— for residents to dispose of household textiles, including clothes, shoes, sneakers, bags, stuffed animals, bedding, and towels.

The initiative, run by the Boston Public Works Department in partnership with Helpsy, a textile recycling company, aims to expand recycling services and reduce trash at landfills or incinerators.

According to a press release from the mayor’s office, 95 percent of the textiles collected are reused, upcycled, or recycled, with 75 percent being reused, and 20 percent being recycled.

Items in good condition are resold to thrift stores in North America and other second-hand markets around the world while others get turned into rags for industrial use or alternative functions like stuffing or insulation, according to the release.

Residents must dry and put the items they want to dispose of in the drop boxes in a secured plastic bag. In Dorchestdr, the boxes are now in municipal parking lots, including Fields Corner (191 Adams St.), Grove Hall (20 Georgia St.) and Codman Square (575 Washington St.)

The city has also expanded its leaf and yard waste curbside collection program from 17 to 20 weeks a year, continuing through Dec. 11. Residents can also drop off yard waste at the Public Works composting facility on American Legion Highway.