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Simple Recycling Program

The Village has partnered with Simple Recycling to offer an optional, free textile recycling program. Residents who are interested in participating only need to fill their Simple Recycling bags with textiles and then schedule a pick up time by phone at (866) 835-5068 or online at

What is simple recycling?
Simple Recyling BagsSimple Recycling is a residential waste reduction company. Its mission is to cut the cost of trash in half, helping communities save money and reduce waste. This program is not meant to replace donations to thrift stores. In fact, most nonprofits and thrift stores tend to have more goods than they can handle and are not looking for poor-quality items. Therefore, Simple Recycling helps supplement donations and accepts ripped and torn clothes, old linens, single socks, etc.

Simple Recycling was established in 2014 and serves more than 4,500,000 households in more than 160 cities. Other Chicago-area communities that Simple Recycling serves include Elgin, Mount Prospect, Hanover Park, Skokie, Niles, Northbrook, Villa Park, Hoffman Estates, Barrington and Elk Grove Village.

Contact Simple Recycling at for more information.

What can be recycled?
Items that can be recycled include clothing, coats and jackets, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, blankets, drapes/curtains, pillows, sleeping bags and more.

What happens to the collected items?
All of the materials are graded and sorted locally and/or regionally based on quality and condition. The top-quality materials will be resold to local thrift outlets, while mid-grade materials will be exported to international markets. "Unusable” items will be processed for raw materials.

What Happens to Your Recycled Clothing

How can I get more bags?
Once Simple Recycling collects your bags on your trash collection day, they will leave behind additional bags for your use. You can also call (866) 835-5068 or email

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