The Town of Hopkinton on Monday announced a partnership with Helpsy to offer a free and easy home pickup clothing recycling service for the community.
Starting Monday, residents can request for unwanted clothing textile items to be picked up at their homes by Helpsy. Pickups, which will take place weekly on Mondays between 7 a.m.-5 p.m., can be scheduled by visiting helpsy.co/hopkintonma or calling 800-244-6350.
All items should be placed in a closed bag and left outside by the curb. Helpsy will accept donations in any type of bag, as long as the items are dry and clean.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, textile waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the United States, occupying nearly 5 percent of all landfill space. In an effort to reduce waste statewide, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection recently enacted new waste ban regulations that prohibit textiles, including clean clothing, footwear, bedding, towels, curtains, fabrics and more from being disposed of. Effective Nov. 1, these items must be recycled or donated for reuse.
“We are excited to launch this partnership with Helpsy to combine efforts in keeping unwanted textiles out of the waste stream,” Hopkinton Department of Public Works Director John Westerling said. “Helpsy home pickups are a free and convenient way for residents to responsibly recycle their unwanted items and help our environment. We encourage residents to take advantage of this free service.”
Helpsy operates 1,300 clothing collection points and provides free curbside service to millions of people. Hopkinton is the 30th town to partner with Helpsy to provide free home pickup service.