Ecosmith Recyclers’ Textile Recycling FAQ
While many people have seen an Ecosmith Recyclers bin around town, a good number of them don’t have full understanding of what we do. In short, we bring in no longer needed clothing and shoes and work to keep them out of the local waste stream and in circulation.
We have bins set up throughout New Hampshire and into Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont, almost all of which are readily available day and night to the public. But even if you know where to find a bin, questions do still arise…
Why choose Ecosmith Recyclers over the other guys?
Founded in 1991, Ecosmith Recyclers is New Hampshire’s original family-owned textile recycling company. Pete and Sue Shellenberger started the company in an effort to address the problem of usable textiles and shoes ending up in local landfills.
Today, nearly 30 years later, Pete and Sue still play an active and vital role in the day to day operation of the company. It has been their pleasure to work closely with local towns to provide financial support to non-profit groups and textile recycling services to local communities.
What happens to the clothing that I donate?
All items that can still be worn as was originally intended (as a shirt, pair of pants, pair of shoes, etc.) are worn as such. Donated stuffed animals, blankets, sheets, towels, decorative pillows, and the like are similarly used for the purpose of their manufacturing.
What about items that are too well-worn to serve their original purpose?
Items that are past the lifecycle of their originally manufactured purpose can be converted into cloth for use in manufacturing and industrial purposes. Items that no longer function as clothing or rags can be milled down into fibers for use in things such as soundproofing and insulation.
How does hosting an Ecosmith Recyclers bin work?
We 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.
On predetermined routes, our staff collects the textiles and clothing to be processed and baled at our facility.
Quarterly payments are made to container hosting organizations based on the amount of materials collected.
What makes a location ideal for bin placement?
- Visible and accessible by the general public 24/7
- Safe and convenient for the public to use
- Safe and accessible for collection by an Ecosmith team member
- High traffic count areas (supermarkets, drugstores, gas stations, schools, churches, malls, restaurants, etc.)
- We will check out your potential site for suitability prior to placing containers
How often do you service the bins?
It varies based upon the particular location, but on average, weekly. With every stop being unique, we modify our schedule to best accommodate the situation. If a bin needs to be serviced more frequently to prevent overflow, we service it more frequently. Our goal is to avoid allowing our bins to fill to and beyond capacity. Should an occasion arise where items are found to be spilling out, we are available any time to both the bin hosts and the general public, so please do not hesitate to let us know.
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 the bin, who is responsible?
At our expense, we will remove any 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!
If you’re interested in learning more about what which materials we recycle, check out our Recyclable Materials page!
If you’re interested in learning more about textile recycling and the textile manufacturing industry, check out our Textile Recycling Facts page!