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Curbside Textile Recycling

Free Curbside Collection of Used Textiles and Small Household Items

The Village of Schaumburg offers curbside collection of used textiles and small household items. The service provided by Simple Recycling is free to the village and residents.

How It Works

When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted clothes and small household items, residents can place them in the Simple Recycling orange bags. Residents can then place the bags at the curb near their garbage/recycling containers on their normal collection day. Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick them up, free of charge.

When Simple Recycling collects bags from a residence, the collection worker will leave replacement bags tied to the recycling cart or front door. If a resident has a lot of material to get rid of, contact Simple Recycling for more bags or visit one of the CFL Bulbs Cell Phones and Batteries Drop Off Sites.

The curbside textile recycling program does not target clothing donations to charities; rather it is aimed at diverting clothing and home goods placed in curbside trash away from landfills. According to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study, more than 84 percent of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, and textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator.

Types of Items Accepted

Simple Recycling will collect a wide range of used textiles and small household items. The list of accepted items includes:

  • Used or New Clothing (men’s, women’s, children’s)
  • Bedding (sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters)
  • Boots & Shoes
  • Belts & Ties
  • Books
  • Bras
  • Coats & Jackets
  • Fashion Accessories
  • Handbags, Purses & Backpacks
  • Hats & Gloves
  • Kitchenware
  • Linens
  • Pillows
  • Sandals & Slippers (in pairs)
  • Socks (single or in pairs)
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Table Linens
  • Tools
  • Towels
  • Toys
  • Undergarments


Benefits for the Environment

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 84% of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, and textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator. In fact, the average person in America throws away more than 85 lbs. of textile items each year. Textiles make up more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the US. Clothing and textiles require a lot of resources to make, including water, fertilizer, and pesticides for growing natural fibers like cotton, as well as petroleum to make synthetic fibers. When we reuse and recycle textiles, it conserves the resources used to make them. In fact, collecting one ton of clothing conserves far more than a ton of the resources. The Simple Recycling service is designed to keep those items out of the trash, which is good for the environment.

Missed Pickup

For a missed pickup, residents can fill out a Missed Pickup Form at or call 866-835-5068.

More Information

For more information about the Simple Recycling program, residents can call 866-835-5068 or visit