About the Curbside Textile Recycling Program

Changes to Somerville’s Textile Recycling Program Start July 1, 2021

Starting Thursday, July 1, 2021, the following changes will go into effect:

  • Pickups must be scheduled in advance. Under the current model, a Simple Recycling truck drives the entire trash route every day and picks up the pink textile-recycling bags on the curb. Scheduling pickups will significantly reduce the contractor’s driving miles, which will reduce gas usage and emissions, and it will streamline service so bags don’t get missed. Pickups can be scheduled at simplerecycling.com or by calling 866-835-5068. 
  • Pink bags will no longer be required. Items for recycling (up to 50 pounds) can be placed in a bag on your doorstep (not the curb!) of any color or in a closed cardboard box for pickup. 
  • Pickup will be offered several days a week, rather than only on trash day, giving residents more flexibility and more opportunities to recycle. 
  • All Somerville residents will be eligible. Starting July 1, residents who don’t receive City trash services will be able to participate in the textile recycling program.