Ecosmith New Hampshire recycling FAQ

  • How Does This Work?

    Recycle BinWe provide, at no cost, a quality recycled materials collection container, a certificate of insurance, and a sign on location for a non-profit group in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. Periodically, our staff collects the textiles and clothing to be processed and baled together at our facility.

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    The bales are then shipped to underdeveloped regions in Central and South America, Africa and Eastern Europe where they are sold as “raw bales” or sorted for sale in open-air markets or bazaars. Quarterly payments are made to container hosting organizations based on the amount of materials collected.

  • What makes the best location?

    •  Visible and accessible by the general public 24/7
    • Safe and convenient for the public to use
    • Safe and convenient for Ecosmith to collect from
    • High traffic count areas (EX. Supermarkets, drugstores, gas stations, schools, churches, malls, and restaurants)
    • We will check out your potential site for suitability prior to placing containers
  • How often do you service the bins?

    In general, once a week; if the situation warrants it, we will come more often. Our goal is to avoid overflows. As a host you may call us anytime if your bin(s) should fill up between pick-ups.

  • Do you have insurance?

    Yes, Ecosmith Recyclers is fully insured and will gladly supply you with a certificate upon request.

  • What are the bin dimensions?

    Our bins measure 55″ deep by 57″ wide by 72″ tall

  • If someone leaves something adjacent to your bin, who is responsible for disposal?

    We will remove, at our expense, items left adjacent to our bins.

  • How much can we expect to generate for revenue?

    The revenue varies with location. Our partners earn several hundred to several thousand dollars annually!

  • What is done with collected materials?

    Deposited items are exported to less developed countries worldwide. 85-90% of these items are re-used for clothing; the balance is re-purposed for wiping cloths or ground for fiber.

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Textile Recycling Facts & Solution

    • The most recent EPA waste generation and recovery data suggests that the U.S. generates 11.1 million tons of clothing and textile waste per year, while recovering less than 30% for re-use and recycling.
    • The equivalent of 15 Boeing 737 jumbo jets worth of textiles pollute the environment annually by being dumped in landfills or incinerated.
    • Manufacturing of new clothing uses millions of pounds of petroleum and pesticides, produces VOCs and other pollutants and relies on the labor of disenfranchised people in underdeveloped countries.
    • Textile recycling provides lost cost clothing to low income households worldwide, provides employment both stateside and abroad and helps lower the trade deficit.
    • Ecosmith Recyclers, Inc. is part of the Solution:
      Our bins measure 55″ deep by 57″ wide by 72″ tall
    • Since 1991, Ecosmith Recyclers have kept over 45 million pounds of shoes, clothing and household textiles out of landfills and in circulation.At the same time we’ve given back over one million dollars to local non-profit groups. Join us in our localized effort to prevent the waste of reusable clothing and textiles. It’s a win-win!