N.H. recycling company collecting clothing, shoes from town waste stations

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LIVERMORE FALLS — A bin to collect clothing and shoes was delivered to the Transfer Station on Tuesday as part of a New Hampshire recycling company’s effort to help those in need and curb landfill materials.

Apparel Impact LLC of Manchester, N.H., is providing the bins to towns in Franklin, Oxford and Androscoggin counties.

The company will maintain them at no cost, Bill Nichols, foreman of the Livermore Falls Public Works Department, said.

Lisa Bonney, executive assistant for Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, said the Whitten family, which started textile recycling company, has set up a route in the counties and hopes to expand the number of towns participating. The company will donate good-quality clothing to local communities for people in need. If the items are not of good quality, they will be recycled, she said Wednesday.

“We are really excited about this program,” Bonney said.  

Apparel Impact has a hub in Waterville and is looking for one in the three-county region, she said. It has developed a route that starts in Gilead in Oxford County and includes Wilton and Farmington in Franklin County. 

The company was founded in 2014 as a family-owned and operated business whose mission is to keep textiles out of landfills and serve local communities by supplying clothing to the less fortunate, according to its website, apparelimpact.com/hosting-a-bin.

The town of Jay, Spruce Mountain Elementary School in Jay and towns in southern Franklin County have also received the white bins.

Nichols told selectmen Tuesday that they have been working on getting the bins for more than two years. The intent is to reduce the amount of clothing and textiles in the trash, he said, cutting costs for disposal and transportation. 

The bins are padlocked to prevent theft, Nichols said.

They are emblazoned with the company’s name and contact info: 603-505-4779 and [email protected]

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The white Apparel Impact LLC bins to recycle clothing and shoes are being dropped off in towns interested in hosting a bin in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal)

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