- Noblesville has become the first city in Indiana to offer the "Simple Recycling" free curbside recycling program, enabling a way to dispose of clothing, bedding and other small household items with the city receiving $0.01 for each pound it collects. This is the city’s second curbside recycling program.
- Around 10% of the items end up in local thrift stores, 70% to 80% go to brokers in developing countries, and the 10% that can’t be used in its current form is turned into insulation, industrial rags, and bedding.
- Large household items such as mattresses, dishwashers, washers, and dryers will not be collected through Simple Recycling.
The city’s decision to launch Indiana’s first free recycling program comes on the heels of an argument on whether that state’s districts should have a role in recycling or turn it over to the private sector.
Noblesville views this initiative as a worthy cause to be involved in, not only to spare landfills, but to see that one person’s trash is purposeful rather than burdensome — being put to use where it’s needed.
"There are a lot of items you can’t donate, for example that pair of shoes with the soles falling off or … the torn draperies. This is your chance to get those out of the landfills and have them recycled," said Amy Shankland, community engagement coordinator for the city of Noblesville.