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Textile recycling collection now available

The Village is offering collection of used textiles and small household items as part of its ongoing effort to help residents reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

The textile service is provided by Simple Recycling and is free to all Oak Park residents.

Free pickups can be scheduled online through Simple Recycling’s website at or by phone at 866.835.5068. Recyclables are then placed in a bag or box outside the resident’s front door by 7:30 a.m. on the scheduled pickup date.

Simple Recycling collects a wide range of textiles and small household items, including used or new men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, bedding, boots, shoes, belts, ties, coats, jackets, hats, gloves, pillows, towels and table linens.

The textile recycling program does not target clothing donations to charities but instead is aimed at diverting clothing and home goods placed in curbside trash away from landfills.

Simple Recycling sends the material it collects to a facility in Chicago, where roughly 30% of the material is destined to local thrift stores for resale, 30% is appropriate for overseas markets, and the remainder is shredded and recycled into insulation and fiber for industrial wipers.

The Village’s agreement with Simple Recycling does not prevent any resident from donating material to their favorite charity and is simply another convenient option available to residents looking to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

For more information about recycling options in Oak Park, visit, call 708.358.5700 or email