MANCHESTER, NH – The City of Manchester, NH, announced its partnership with Helpsy to provide a free, easy-to-pick-up clothing recycling service for the local community.
From July 9, pick-ups in Manchester will take place weekly on Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. To be recycled, textiles must be clean, bagged and labelled. The community can sign up for a pickup using this online form or by calling 1-800-244-6350.
As the largest clothing collector in the Northeast, Helpsy partners with municipalities and organizations in 11 states to collect unwanted clothing and other textiles to keep clothes from ending up in landfills. In 2021 alone, the company diverted nearly 30 million pounds of textiles from landfills through a combination of clothing drives, door-to-door pickups, thrift store partners and clothing receptacles.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, textile waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the United States, occupying nearly 5% of all landfill space, c That’s why Helpsy is committed to working with cities, such as Manchester, to give clothes the longest possible life.
“I appreciate how the Department of Public Works is always looking for innovative ways to expand recycling services for our residents,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “Thanks to this partnership with Helpsy, the city will save money, all residents will be able to easily recycle their clothes, shoes, curtains and more, and together we will protect the environment.”
“The goal is to reuse, recycle and reduce as much waste as possible; we strive to make this as easy as possible for residents. Partnering with Helpsy allows residents, at no cost, to keep textiles out of the landfill,” said Chaz Newton, Solid Waste and Environmental Program Manager, Department of Public Works.
“Helpsy’s mission is to keep clothes out of the trash,” says Dan Green, co-founder and CEO of Helpsy. “We are committed to changing the way people think about clothing recycling while upholding the highest level of social and environmental performance.”
For more information about Manchester’s recycling programs and Helpsy’s municipal partnerships, the community can contact the city’s public works department at 603-624-6444.
As the 20th city to partner with Helpsy to provide a free door-to-door collection service, Manchester joins Hampton, Exeter, Pembroke, Hooksett and Bow in making it as easy as possible for residents to dispose of their unwanted clothes.
Helpsy is a certified B Corp company whose mission is to radically change the way we think about, eliminate, recycle and buy second-hand clothes. Helpsy is changing perceptions about used clothing by helping to reduce the impact of clothing production on our planet and changing the statistics that 85% of clothes currently end up in the trash.
To find a drop off bin in Manchester, click here.