Clothing bins at the Mexico transfer/recycling station, River Valley Crossing in front of Marden’s in Rumford and The Sudsury laundromat in Dixfield hold clothing to be recycled by a New Hampshire company. (Submitted photo)

RUMFORD — Bins to collect clothing and shoes have been delivered to the Transfer Station as part of a New Hampshire recycling company’s effort to help those in need and cut landfill materials.

Apparel Impact LLC of Manchester, New Hampshire, is providing the bins to towns in Oxford, Franklin and Androscoggin counties. The company will maintain them at no cost, Eric Schmersal, manager of the Northern Oxford Regional Solid Waste Transfer Station, said Dec. 18.

He said two clothing bins are at the Mexico transfer/recycling station, and one each at River Valley Crossing in front of Marden’s in Rumford, and at The Sudsury laundromat in Dixfield.

“Every three weeks, we’re putting in anywhere from 800 to 1,200 pounds in the clothing bins. It’s doing very well,” Schmersal said.

Patricia Duguay, chairwoman of the Northern Oxford Regional Solid Waste Board, added, “Anything we can divert from the waste stream is going to save us. As far as the clothing bins, they’re hoping in the spring to add more to the route.”

Recycling coordinator Connie Money asked that people donate bagged, dry, mold-/mildew-/odor-free clothing and accessories, including shoes, purses and belts, at one of the clothing bins.

“With all your new Christmas gifts, consider getting rid of some of your old things. Recycle, donate or sell your excess possessions. If you’re no longer using something, why not give it to someone who will?” she said.

The Whitten family, which started the textile recycling company, has set up a route in the three 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.

Apparel Impact has a hub in Waterville and is looking for one in the three-county region. 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 supply clothing to the less fortunate, according to its website, apparelimpact.com/hosting-a-bin.

The bins are padlocked to prevent theft and they display the company’s name and contact info: 603-505-4779 and [email protected]


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