Stillwater News Press

March 8, 2014

Collection center in Stillwater now accepting clothes, shoes

By Merrick Eagleton
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The city of Stillwater Convenience Collection Center is accepting textiles, such as clothes and shoes, as part of its recycling services.

The center decided to offer this service after several residents asked about recycling clothes. Sean Eisensmith, convenience collection center coordinator, said the service is a nice addition to offer Stillwater residents.

“It just gives them another service we can provide here,” Eisensmith said. “It makes it convenient for them.”

Residents can recycle textiles by bringing them to the convenience collection center. These items should not be placed in the curbside recycling bins.

The center has two orange bins provided by American Textile Recycling Solutions in Oklahoma City to collect textiles.

“They’ll take the clothes and sort them, then they go off in different directions,” Eisensmith said.

The textiles are shipped to Houston to be sorted, and then homeless shelters in the area get the first pick of clothes and shoes.

“What’s not taken is then sold to other countries and that money is given to Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Oklahoma,” Eisensmith said.

In addition to helping out the homeless, recycling old clothes and shoes helps keep textiles out of landfills.

“Keeping it out of the landfill is major, and by doing this we can keep from putting it in the ground,” Eisensmith said.

“Reuse is going to be a huge bonus for future generations.”

Eisensmith predicts this service will be even more useful in Stillwater.

“Especially being a college town and having kids moving in and out, this is another great way to reuse those textiles,” Eisensmith said.

The Convenience Collection Center is at 807 S. Perkins Road. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.