Textile Recycling

Don't Trash Textiles

MassDEP recently announced that textiles will be added to the list of items subject to the MassDEP Waste Disposal Ban, beginning in Fall 2022. This means that residents must not discard textiles in the regular household trash.

Textiles are also not acceptable in the curbside recycling carts.

Learn more about what the State is doing to keep textiles out of the waste stream on the MassDEP Textile Recovery website.

Curbside Pick Up of Unwanted Textiles

To schedule collection visit the CMRK website or call (508)466-4590 . This is a free program and all residents may participate, not just those served by the municipal trash program. 

CMRK Will Accept the Following Items

  • Clothing, all sizes and seasons (worn/torn is fine)
  • Bedding, curtains, blankets, towels
  • Home decor items
  • Books, DVDs, records (No VHS)
  • Musical instruments
  • Shoes (including singles!)
  • Stuffed animals
  • Pots, pans, dishware, glassware
  • Small toys (must fit easily into a box)
  • Bicycles

CMRK cannot accept mattresses or furniture of any kind. 

Curbside Textile Packing Guidelines

All bags/boxes should be closed. CMRK is not a trash service. All bags/boxes must be neatly sealed/tied, and placed in an area visible from the street on the scheduled day of pickup. There is no limit to the bags you can donate.

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Textile Recycling Drop-off

 Acceptable items: Items must be clean, dry, and bagged.

  • Clothing & Fashion Accessories,
  • Footwear (singles or in pairs),
  • Fabric bags & backpacks/totes,
  • Towels, linens, bedding, curtains
  • Stuffed animals and pillows

Bring unwanted textiles (worn, ripped is fine) to the following collection locations: 

Collection BinLocation
Bay State Textiles (White Collection Bins)

Bedford High School parking lot (Liljegren Way entrance)

Lane School (66 Sweetwater Ave)

Middlesex Community College (Parking lots A&M

Planet Aid (Yellow Collection Bins)

Davis School (410 Davis Rd)

JGMS (99 McMahon Rd)

NE Nursery, 216 Concord Rd

Novanta, 125 Middlesex Turnpike

CMRK (Blue Collection Bins)Compost & Recycling Center, 108 Carlisle Rd (open Wed & Sat 8AM-1PM)

Textiles in reusable condition can also be donated to your favorite charitable organization (review acceptable donation lists before dropping them off).