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Textiles and Mattresses Banned from Trash Disposal

Monday, November 21, 2022
As of November 1, 2022, all textiles and mattresses are banned from going into the trash in Massachusetts.

The City of Cambridge launched the Mattress Recycling Program in 2019 and a Clothing & Textiles Recycling Program in 2021. Textiles include all clothes, shoes, towels, sheets, and accessories. Items must be clean and dry, but even torn or stained textiles can be recycled or upcycled.

Both programs are free of charge, but items must be scheduled in advance for curbside pick-up. Additionally, residents may drop-off textiles at nonprofits or at any of 12 drop-off sites sponsored by the City. To schedule a mattress or textiles pick-up, visit Cambridgema.gov/Recycle.
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