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Ohio Textile Recycling Program Hurts Donations to Nonprofits

While the city of Cincinnati expects to save approximately $70,000 a year with the new program, local nonprofits are stating they are losing thousands of donations.

Nonprofits in Cincinnati are claiming that the city’s new textile recycling program is costing them thousands of donations. The new program, which is run in partnership with Simple Recycling, allows residents to place bags of soft recyclables like shoes, purses, hats, blankets, clothing and pillows at the curb for recycling. The bags are collected biweekly on residents’ regular recycling day.

While the city expects to save approximately $70,000 a year with the new program, local nonprofits are stating they are losing more and more donations by the day. This scenario is also happening in Austin, another city that has a curbside textile recycling program in partnership with Simple Recycling.

To resolve the conflicts with local nonprofits, Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann and officials are looking into how the program specifically impacts nonprofit organizations.

WCPO has more details:

Local nonprofits say a new city recycling program is costing them thousands of donations. 

Cincinnati launched a partnership with Solon-based Simple Recycling in March; the initiative allows Cincinnati residents to place bags filled with “soft recyclables” at the curb next to their green recycling carts on their regular bi weekly recycling day.

The city expects to save $70,000 a year with the new recycling program. But local nonprofits -- like the Salvation Army, Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul -- are concerned the program will impact donations. Non-profit leaders will voice their concerns to city officials Monday. 

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