Home Household items Norwalk residents can recycle clothes and household items through a pick-up service

Norwalk residents can recycle clothes and household items through a pick-up service


NORWALK — The city announced this week that it has partnered with an organization that offers free pick-up of certain household items and clothing for reuse and recycling, officials say.

Mayor Harry Rilling said Monday the city is now partnering with HELPSY, offering free door-to-door pickup of clothing and items to residents on Saturdays.

City residents can schedule individual Saturday pickups through the HELPSY website at helpy.co/norwalkct. The first pickup will be on April 23, the Saturday following Earth Day.

The partnership with HELPSY will also save money for the city, which said it was paying $95 to get rid of a ton of trash.

“Norwalk is thrilled to begin our partnership with HELPSY, an organization whose environmental mission is to change the way people recycle their textiles, such as clothing and footwear,” Rilling said in a statement. “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 country, and we need to do better.

Clothing submitted for pickup must be clean, dry, wrapped and left outside by 7:00 a.m. on the morning of pickup. HELPSY accepts dresses, shirts, pants, suits, coats, gloves, hats, belts, ties, scarves, wallets, purses, backpacks, bags, shoes , towels, bedding, suits, curtains, tablecloths and rugs.

HELPSY does not accept breakable household items or glass, electronics, furniture, building materials, scrap metal, appliances, mattresses, encyclopedia sets, telephone books or magazines.