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By Patricia M. Zirin
#950
We are the richest nation in the world. Even in the poorest neighborhoods routinely people (and mainly women/mothers) discard clothing. This is as a result of cleaning out a closet or a child's dresser due to that child outgrowing their clothes. More often then not the lot of clothes is clean and in good repair. After all, it is coming straight from a closet or dresser. In stead of taking these things to a thrift store or shelter usually we are too busy so we just throw it away. The idea is to have people label these bags...red for women's clothes, blue for men's clothes, pink for girl and powder blue for boy--trite but effective. The trash bag with these clothes could be placed on the curb the day before trash pick up. If anyone can use them, they are free to pick up the entire bag. They can then take what they like, pass on the rest, take it to a thrift store or shelter or discard same.

Rules would be simple: Bags would have a size written in appropriate color. Bags put out for the recycle would contain only clean clothes in good repair. Pick up would be allowed only during day light hours. Pick up would not be allowed for picking through clothes on the street. The landfills would get a break and we would be passing on and sharing a huge resource. Our interdependence would be supported. This would require a grassroots effort. Note: even if these bags were regularly picked up by people using them to make a profit, it would be better served then going into the ground.

Reward: The knowing that the program is working. Please email me with ideas of how to make it work in your community. mailto:patriciazirin@comcast.net
By duh
#1027
you know that neighbor who you hate because he is always garbage picking in the neighborhood, put a color band on that bag of nasty garbage with chicken bones and apple cores and maggots etc. and get even with him.
By kim1
#1080
:-) I think that's a good idea about the recycling.it sounds pretty good.
By rosie15
#1081
I think that putting the tags is okay......but I wouln't waste my time putting tags. What we should do is at least once a month you make a day that the recyclers collect used clothes and give it to the needy. ;-7 :-) :-P
By palema
#1362
I think that putting the tags is okay......but I wouln't waste my time putting tags. What we should do is at least once a month you make a day that the recyclers collect used clothes and give it to the needy. ;-7 :-) :-P


We already have that in my community. They pick up trash once a week, and you can put out a special colored bag with discarded clothing in it.
You can also take old clothes to the Salvation Army, which has bins all over, or send it to WAIM (a group of churches that do community assistance together instead of separately) along with your unneeded furniture, (still working) electronics, etc.

Our recycling center (formerly known as "town dump") has a trade-in center, where you can leave useable items of all sorts, and take somebody's else's that you could use.

I bet a lot of communities have good ideas for recycling, so a pool of practices on here would be useful.
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