(Norwalk, Conn.) – Today, April 4, Mayor Harry Rilling announced that the City of Norwalk has officially begun its partnership with HELPSY, offering free at-home pickups of clothing and household textiles to residents. HELPSY is the largest clothing collector in the Northeast that partners with municipalities to recycle and reuse unwanted clothing and other textiles to provide communities with an environmentally friendly alternative to throwing clothes in the trash.
In celebration of Earth Day, the first pickup will be on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Norwalk residents can now visit www.helpsy.co/norwalkct and schedule at-home pickups on future Saturdays.
“Norwalk is thrilled to begin our partnership with HELPSY, an organization with an environmental mission aimed at changing how people recycle their textiles, such as clothes and shoes. Through this partnership, the City will save money, and residents will be able to easily recycle their unwanted textiles to help preserve our environment. Textile waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the nation, and we must do better,” said Mayor Harry Rilling.
“HELPSY’s environmental mission is to radically change the way people think about clothing reuse and recycling. In the process of serving this mission, it has created hundreds of living wage jobs, saved municipalities millions of dollars in disposal fees, and has reduced the enormous environmental burden of the second most polluting industry in the world,” says Dan Green, Co-Founder and CEO of HELPSY.
The City of Norwalk pays $95 to dispose of one ton of garbage and, with HELPSY’s partnership, plans to save the City money. The average person throws away more than 100 pounds of clothing every year, whereas 95% of discarded textiles can be reused or recycled. HELPSY’s services will help Norwalk make a positive environmental impact by recycling or reusing clothing that will help save natural resources such as water and fuel.
HELPSY requires that clothing submitted be clean, dry, bagged, and left outside before 7:00 AM on the morning of pickup. HELPSY accepts clean, dry, and bagged clothing and fashion accessories (gently used, stained, worn, or torn), including dresses, shirts, pants, suits, coats, gloves, hats, belts, ties, scarves, wallets, purses, backpacks, totes, shoes, towels, bedding, costumes, curtains, placements, tablecloths, and throw rugs. Items that won’t be accepted include breakable houseware or glass, electronics, furniture, building material, scrap metal, appliances, mattresses, encyclopedia sets, phone books, or magazines.
For additional information, please visit the City of Norwalk’s website:
For additional help scheduling a pickup:
Call: (877) 382-7417