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Posted on: March 3, 2022

Toms River Launches Clothing Recycling Program

Home Pickup

In an effort to reduce recyclable materials in our waste stream and save taxpayers money, the Township has partnered with HELPSY, the largest textile collection company in the Northeast U.S., to offer free home pick-up of unwanted clothing and household textiles to residents, Mayor Maurice B “Mo” Hill announced.

Beginning early March, pickups will happen weekly.  Residents can schedule online at www.helpsy.co/tomsrivernj.  After filling out a request form online, a driver will be scheduled to pick-up on a selected date. Residents are advised to leave clean, dry, and bagged items outside prior to 7 am the morning of pickup.  

In addition to offering home pickups, the Town of Toms River has authorized 20 AMVET clothing collection bins to be placed at nine strategic locations around the area to offer easy access to residents looking to sustainably dispose of textiles.  These bins will be serviced and maintained by HELPSY, while the town will earn a rental fee and reimbursement per pound of clothing collected that can then be used toward other recycling efforts. AMVET’s will also receive a portion of proceeds that will help fund their programs for veterans.  See below for a list of bins or go to www.helpsy.co/find-a-bin to find a bin near you.  

Location

Address

Toms River Recycling Center

1672 Church Rd, Toms River, NJ 08753

Riverwood Park

Riverwood Dr, Toms River, NJ 08753

Deer Hollow Park

550 Deer Ln, Toms River, NJ 08753

Silverton Park

71 Maine St, Toms River, NJ 08753

Winding River Park

50 NJ-37 W, Toms River, NJ 08753

Winding River Skate Center

1211 Whitesville Rd, Toms River, NJ 08755

Castle Park

1511 N Bay Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753

Veterans Park

1630 N Bay Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753

Skyview Park

811 Vaughn Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753

 

“We are excited to begin this partnership with HELPSY so that we may combine our efforts to keep unwanted textiles from filling our local landfills, save money on our tipping fees and generate a bit of non-tax revenue,” said Mayor Hill.

“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 the fastest growing waste stream 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 nearly 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, stained, worn, or torn) including dresses, shirts, pants, suits, coats, gloves, hats, belts, ties, scarves, wallets, purses, backpacks, totes, shoes, towels, bedding, costumes, curtains, placements, tablecloths, and throw rugs. 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 Toms River Recycling Programs contact the Town’s Department of Public Works at 732-255-1000. To learn about HELPSY municipal partnerships or to schedule clothing drive fundraiser go to www.helpsy.com


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