Ecosmith Recyclers, Inc.: Clothing, Textile, and Shoe Recycling Made Easy!
Ecosmith Recyclers, Inc. is a sustainable, local family owned and operated, for-profit clothing and shoe recycling business that has proudly served New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine since 1991.
Pete, Sue, Emily, Molly, and Pete Jr.

While running a local town’s transfer station, Pete and Sue Shellenberger noticed a disheartening pattern of household textile, clothing, and shoe waste. Every day, they watched more and more quality items enter the waste stream.

Knowing that there were people all over the world who had a need for those items, they set out to find a solution, and in 1991, Ecosmith Recyclers, Inc. was founded.

Since their founding, they have kept over 50 million pounds of shoes, clothing and household textiles out of the waste stream and in circulation. In that time, they have given back over $1,000,000 to local non-profit groups, towns, and community organizations.

New Hampshire Recycling
Our facility in New Boston, NH.

We feel it is important to “keep it local” by assisting other local businesses and non-profit groups to raise funds, employ local people, invest capital locally, and connect with local communities, all while supplying much needed clothing and shoes to the less advantaged worldwide, and of course “keeping it green”.

With the help of our partners, sponsors and supporters….and a ton of hard work by our fantastic team… we are able to keep millions of pounds of shoes, clothing, and other household textiles out of the waste stream every year and in circulation through our partnerships with groups around the world.

Ecosmith Recyclers Beneficiary Program

As a way to give back to those who support them and their cause, Pete and Sue established a beneficiary program to operate alongside their bins. For every pound of material collected, a donation is made to one of many local non-profit groups, community organizations, schools, towns, businesses, and more.

Every time a bag of clothing or shoes is placed into an Ecosmith Recyclers bin, quality material is kept out of the waste stream and in circulation. At the same time, support is provided for local small businesses and donations are made to local non-profit groups.

It’s a win for everyone!
Jonathan donating bags filled with toys and stuffed animals to New Horizons in Manchester, NH in support of their efforts to bring holiday joy to local children.

It is a cycle of giving back in which we are thankful to play a role. By committing a percentage of our profits to local communities and non-profit groups, we are able to give back to the people who make our goals and our mission a reality. They dedicate time and energy to our children, to our families, to our less advantaged, and to our planet, and in turn, we are able to contribute financially to those same causes while doing our part to keep New England a little bit cleaner and a little bit greener.

Please join us in our localized effort to prevent the waste of usable clothing, shoes, and household textiles.

Ecosmith Recylers Scholarship Fund

Our success for nearly 30 years is due entirely to the generosity and thoughtful nature of our local communities and people. Because of that, we are always looking for new ways to give back.

In 2014, we established the Ecosmith Recyclers Scholarship Fund. Every year, we are proud to award two $1,000 scholarships to seniors graduating from Goffstown High School who intend to major in environmental studies or a related discipline. As of 2019, we are thrilled to be able to award an additional $1,000 to New Boston Central School. That is then given out as two $500 scholarships for graduating seniors who attended NBCS.

We feel it is important to help these students achieve their goals. After sending three of our own children through college, we know that every bit helps.

Ecosmith’s drop-off service makes it easier than ever to make donations, both large and small!

Whether you have a car filled with clothing and shoes that you no longer need or you have just a couple of bags, come by our shop at 11 Byam Road in New Boston, NH.

Our team will happily unload your recycled textiles from your vehicle, weigh them, and then allow you to choose from our extensive list of local non-profit groups who will benefit from your donation!

Please call us at 603-647-1088 or email us at to schedule an appointment.

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