The town, paired up with United Fibers, is conducting a four-month pilot program of textile recycling. Residents can recycle items such as clothes, towels, blankets, shoes, etc. by simply putting them in a special bag and placing them in their curbside recycling bins.
The textiles will be sorted and weighed by United Fibers and then turned into home insulation by Phoenix Fibers. Ramona Simpson, Queen Creek's trash and recycling administrator, comments on how great it is to see the end product made right there in Arizona.
The main goal is to get as many people to participate as possible. About 7,000 people have the opportunity to partake in the program and Queen Creek's trash and recycling department hopes to divert as many textiles from the trash as possible! For the full earth911 story, click here.