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New Wake Forest program to recycle clothes, accessories

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WAKE FOREST — The Town of Wake Forest and Simple Recycling are partnering to offer a new program that will allow town sanitation customers to recycle clothing, shoes and various accessories.

In the coming days, sanitation customers will receive an orange and green-colored “Simple Recycling” postcard in the mail, along with an orange bag. Beginning the week of April 22, customers can fill the orange bag with used clothing, shoes and accessories, then set the bag out next to their recycling cart on their normal collection day.

Simple Recycling drivers will pick up the bags and leave replacement bags behind.

Simple Recycling is a for-profit recycler committed to offering residents the simplest and easiest way to keep usable materials from the landfill.

Items that Simple Recycling will accept include men’s clothing, women’s clothing, children’s clothing, coats and jackets, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, toys, blankets, drapes/curtains, pillows, sleeping bags, tools, silverware, dishes, pots/pans and backpacks.

The average person throws away nearly 70 pounds of clothing, shoes and accessories each year. By recycling these items, Wake Forest residents can keep them out of the landfill and make them available to others who can use them.

For more information, visit or contact Assistant Public Works Director Allison Snyder at