Submitted by Teresa Resnick, Haddam Sustainability Committee
(March 29, 2023) — Regional School District 17 has entered into an agreement with Bay State Textiles to place Textile Collection Bins outside Haddam-Killingworth Middle School and High School for donations of used textiles that can be recycled. Keeping these materials out of our trash stream saves money. The school district will earn $100 for every ton of textiles collected.
Bins will be located at the Middle School near the soccer fields in front, and at the High School outside the HK Parks and Rec Office (white building). They are scheduled to be installed during the week of April 9th.
Also, the Killingworth Transfer Station will soon be placing a Textile Collection Bin for Killingworth residents only at their station. Haddam’s Transfer Station currently has three textile collection bins for transfer station pass holders; there also is a bin at the Annex building on Jail Hill Road for all other residents.
All donated items must be in bags. Items accepted for recycling include: clothes/items that are damaged, stained, torn, missing buttons or textiles. Also accepted are accessories, belts, purses, shoes, socks, stuffed animals, sheets, towels, anything that is damaged, spotted, torn, pilled or even missing a match, such as shoes or socks, can bagged and placed in the Textile Collection Bins.
“Spring is here and it is time to clean out the closets,” said Teresa Resnick, a member of the Haddam Sustainability Committee who has been the driving force behind the textile recycling effort. “Go ….. grab a medium sized garbage bag,” said Resnick. “Open your closet, your dresser drawers and clean out the items you don’t need anymore. Do you have a collection of unmatched socks on your dryer? Grab those…throw them in the bag!”
For more information, visit the baystatetextiles.com, or see a story published on HK-Now, “Rags to Riches; Recycle Textiles to Keep them Out of the Trash.” And check the Sustainability Committee page on the Town of Haddam website, www.haddam.org.