Community Recycling Wins Montgomery County, MD Textile Bid

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Education and awareness is an important piece to the clothing conundrum.

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Whether we have a container at the transfer station, curbside pick-up, or convenience and ease of mailing it to us from your home, we are happy to connect your community to our community via the act of recycling clothing.

Community Recycling, a for-profit recycler of textiles with a focus on reuse, today announced that they held the winning bid as the vendor for textile recycling in Montgomery County, Maryland from April through June 2013. Montgomery County residents, one million strong, can now drop off their reusable clothes, shoes, bags, belts and related accessories to the Shady Grove Transfer Station in Derwood, Maryland.

Last year, Montgomery County recycled 109 tons of textiles. Community Recycling wants to significantly move the needle on what is recycled. The US EPA tells us that only 15% of US residents participate annually in clothing recycling. Education is paramount to begin to close the gap on the wasting of perfectly reusable clothes and other things. Community Recycling has been working tirelessly at promoting REUSE and creating a movement of People Recycling for People.

Transfer Station Manager, Peter Karasik, stated “Montgomery County looks forward to working with Community Recycling to increase participation in the textile recycling program. Montgomery County has no intention of competing with the many charities that serve our community and advise residents to donate items to their favorite non-profit organizations; however, please think of Montgomery County for other items. ”

Residents can drop off bags or boxes filled with clean, dry and reusable clothes, bags, belts, wallets, and footwear at the large, white metal PODS container located in the recycling area of the transfer center. They should also remember to bring these materials when going to the Transfer Station to use any of the other public drop-off facilities.

“Community Recycling looks for ways to customize solutions for every type of community in order to capture and recover much needed material,” said David Kinsey, VP of Partnerships at Community Recycling. “Whether placing a PODS container at the transfer station, curbside pick-up, or convenience and ease of mailing it in right from the home, Community Recycling is happy to connect your community to our community via the act of recycling clothing.”

“At Community Recycling, it is very important that recyclers understand that everything collected is destined for reuse by somebody, some where in the world,” said Lisa Pomerantz, VP of Marketing and Business Development. “By adding the human element, reuse will work correctly every time.”

The transfer station is located at 16101 Frederick Road in Derwood, Maryland and operates 7 days a week for your convenience. Residents must have proof of Montgomery County residency.

  •     Monday – Friday, 7 am – 8 pm
  •     Saturday 7 am – 5 pm
  •     Sunday 9 am – 5 pm

Here is a complete list of what is accepted in this clothing/textile recycling program.

Reusable clothing including any type of shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, hats, gloves, socks, sweaters, coats, scarves, ties, undergarments, bathing suits, business suits and light to medium weight coats. We also take soft household items like linens, towels, sheets, curtains, bedding and blankets. Please, no wet, mildewed or damaged goods.

Usable family bags including handbags, purses, wallets, belts, backpacks, duffel bags, carry-on luggage, briefcases, messenger bags, baby bags, beach bags and clutches.

All paired, re-wearable, reusable men’s, women’s and kids shoes including: all athletic shoes, dress shoes, sandals, clogs, dress boots, cleats, flats, loafers, heels, work boots, casual shoes. *Please no holes in the soles, nothing ripped or torn. Also, no heavy winter boots, skates, blades, flip-flops, crocs, slippers or singles.

Community Recycling is proud to be a for-profit textile recycler with a focus on REUSE. They have flipped the recycling triangle upside down and have mastered the most powerful ‘R,’ REUSE, with more than 98% of the goods collected destined for REUSE here and around the world. Engaging people in the communities where they live is essential to making the recycling process as convenient as possible. Community Recycling is effectively diverting millions of pounds of clothing, shoes and other secondhand things from landfills, generating new revenue streams for municipalities, townships, boroughs, commercial retail locations, schools, charities, thrifts; and fueling local economies by creating jobs both here and in emerging countries. Visit us at for more information and please join us as one of our People Recycling for People.

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