On November 1, 2022 MassDEP expanded its waste disposal bans by adding textiles and mattresses to the list of materials banned from disposal or transport for disposal in Massachusetts.
For waste disposal ban purposes, textiles are defined as bedding, clothing, curtains, fabric, footwear, towels, and similar items. Virtually any textile can be reused, repurposed, or recycled if clean and dry. Even worn, torn, and stained items have recovery value.
While you can not put textiles in your curbside recycling toter, you can donate (recycle!) them by dropping them in any clothing donation bin.
Here is a current list of registered donation locations in Gardner:
The Gardner Transfer Station* 744 West St
The Gardner Senior Center 294 Pleasant St
Tire Warehouse 658 Pearl St
Hope Café (behind the building) 29-31 Pleasant St
South Gardner Mini Mart 94 S Main St
Gardner residents can also schedule free in-home pick up by calling 508-466-4590 or scheduling online at www.BBBSFoundation.org
Please be aware that Gardner property owners are required to have a permit for any "unattended donation box" to help us keep the areas surrounding these boxes in compliance with local and state sanitation regulations.