WESTFIELD, NJ — Starting Monday, June 4, the recycling service Curb My Clutter will be available to pick up clothing and electronics from homes in Westfield thanks to a partnership with the town.
Curb My Clutter allows residents to set up pickup times from their homes via text. The service picks up most items for free; there is a fee for some televisions and monitors. There’s even a reward program — currently Curb My Clutter is giving away $10 Amazon gift cards.
“That convenience is a factor that I think is really going to drive volumes from the landfills,” said Bob Anderson, vice president business development of Curb My Clutter.
Anderson said that the service’s goal is not to impact the donation market, but to collect the clothing and electronics that would otherwise go to landfills. Six to eight percent of the waste stream is clothing, he said.
“Folks are putting their clothing in the trash,” Anderson said.
Because electronics may contain sensitive information, Curb My Clutter actually collects items from the porch or garage, not the curb, and users can request that they ring the doorbell. Curb My Clutter says it only uses responsible vendors who destroy personal information prior to scrapping or repurposing any electronic device.
“The Green Team strongly recommended this service because it helps reduce the amount of apparel and electronics that are thrown out,” Councilman David Contract said. “According to Curb My Clutter, approximately 85 percent of apparel is thrown out. And even though state law requires electronics to be recycled, many residents throw it out, as well. This service will help ensure these items are either reused or recycled, saving valuable space in landfills or reducing incineration.”
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