Textile Recycling Program

Textile Home Pick-up   

Trumbull is now partnering with HELPSY to offer free home pick-up of clothing and household textiles to residents.  Beginning June 11, 2022, pickups will happen weekly.   Residents can schedule online at www.helpsy.co/trumbullct  filling out a request form online, a driver will be scheduled to pick-up on selected date. Clothing should be clean, dry, bagged and left outside prior to 7 am the morning of pickup.  

“HELPSY’s mission is to keep clothes out of the trash,” says Dan Green, Co-Founder and CEO of HELPSY. The largest clothing collector in the Northeast, HELPSY partners with municipalities and organizations across ten states to collect unwanted clothing and other textiles. Through a combination of clothing drives, home pick-ups, thrift store partners and clothing receptacles, HELPSY diverted nearly 30 million pounds of textiles from landfills last year.  

According to the EPA, Textile waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the United States…occupying nearly 5% of all landfill space. The U.S. throws away 36 billion pounds of textiles each year…that is 100 pounds per person.  Of those discarded textiles, currently only 15% is recycled, but 95% could be. 

 “HELPSY is dedicated to changing the way people think about clothing recycling while adhering to the highest level of social and environmental performance,” said Green.  The Company’s efforts have earned it a Certified B Corporation designation…using business as a force of good ™.

HELPSY accepts clean, dry, and bagged clothing and fashion accessories (gently used, like-new or worn) including dresses, shirts, pants, suits, coats, gloves, hats, belts, ties, scarves, wallets, purses, backpacks, totes, footwear, bedding, curtains, placemats, tablecloths, stuffed animals, and jewelry.  Items that will not be accepted include breakable houseware or glass, electronics, furniture, building material, scrap metal, appliances, mattresses, encyclopedia sets, phone books or magazines. 

For more information about Trumbull Recycling Programs, contact the Trumbull Sustainable Team at sustainabletrumbull@gmail.com.  To learn about HELPSY municipal partnerships or to schedule a clothing drive fundraiser go to www.helpsy.co .

Bay State Textile Recycling Program

Sustainable Trumbull participates in the Bay State Textile Recycling Program.
Collection bins are located at:

  • Hillcrest Middle School (right of the front of the school, adjacent to pool entrance)
  • Madison Middle School (front of the school, left of the main entrance.)

The meter shown provides a visualization of Sustainable Trumbull's textile recycling collection progress. Join with us and help meet our goal!

Baystate Textile Meter (PNG)

Accepted Items

(Please bag your items, if possible, before leaving them in the bin.)

  • Clothing: Tops, Bottoms, Dresses, Coats, Undergarments, Socks
  • Shoes: Shoes, Boots, Sandals, Slippers, Flipflops, Cleats
  • Accessories: Hats, Belts, Gloves, Backpacks, Dufflebags, Pocketbooks, Ties, Scarves
  • Linens: Sheets, Towels, Blankets, Pillows, Throw Rugs (up to 2’x4’), Placemats, Tablecloths, Stuffed Animals

Not Accepted Items

  • Mattresses
  • Mattress Pads
  • Foam Products
  • Couch Cushions
  • Lawn Furniture Cushions
  • Carpet Remnants or Rugs larger than 2’ x 4’

Questions, please contact: sustainabletrumbull@gmail.com

Textile Recycling Program Flyer