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95% of all textiles can be recycled but every year over 21 billion pounds of textiles are thrown away in the United States, according to Bay State Textiles. Out of that 95% of the recyclable textiles, 45%  can simply be reused, 30% can be turned into wiping cloths, and 20% can be recycled into new items.  Bay State Textiles will now be collecting all textiles on the Medford/Somerville campus at four different locations.

Textile Recycling Locations:

  • Lewis Hall overhang
  • Harleston Hall garage
  • Houston Hall
  • 98 Professors Row (behind DTD and Chi-O)

For exact locations, please visit the Tufts Eco-Map and look for this icon:

Items that can be recycled:

  • Most types of footwear, clothing, textile-based accessories, linens, and stuffed animals are accepted
  • For a full list of items that can be recycled, please visit this page.

Note: Items in any condition can be recycled

Items that CANNOT be recycled:

  • Mattresses
  • Couch cushions
  • Lawn furniture cushions
  • Foam products (e.g., mattress pads)
  • Carpet remnants
  • Rugs

Why recycle textiles?

As the above statistics emphasize, textiles are a huge course of waste in landfills. The average person discards 70 pounds of clothes in their lifetime! By recycling textiles you can reduce your carbon footprint and energy consumption, help preserve our clean air, and conserve water and woodland. In addition, textile recycling drives the economy: it creates jobs, funds charitable initiatives, provides revenue for recycling agencies (so they can increase their recycling capacities!), promotes small business, and provides affordable clothing opportunity.