Photo: One of the bins in Belmont, at the cemetery entrance on Fairview Avenue.
Did you know as of Nov. 1, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection banned all textiles from being thrown in the trash? Now that you do, it has become imperative for Belmontians to find an alternative way of ridding their closets of last decade’s fads and yesterday’s fashion.
The town is now offering residents a solution as Belmont has begun a partnership with Northborough-based textile exporter CMRK to locate six donation bins to collect clothing and shoes now barred from the black waste carts.
This new partnership will provide a primary method for residents to recycle clothes, blankets, bedding, and shoes in six pale blue bins located throughout Belmont:
- 310 Trapelo Rd. in the VFW parking lot
- Grove Street tennis courts
- The entry to Belmont Cemetery on Fairview Avenue
- The Belmont Street delta adjacent to the Oakley Country Club
- Two bins at the Claflin Street parking lot in Belmont Center
Donations left in the bins are limited to textiles, clothes, shoes and rags. All contributions must be placed in a secured/tied plastic trash bag.
Other municipalities working with CMRK include Winthrop, Bedford, and Pittsfield.
In addition, residents can schedule a home pick-up by the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation by going to the website or calling 800-483-5503. Pick-ups offer a larger number of items to donate, including household items (dishes, pots, pans, LPs), books, DVDs, and even art.