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Council members gave a unanimous thumbs up at a meeting last week and are expected to give final approval Wednesday.
Elgin would be the first customer in Illinois for the company, which serves 60 municipalities in Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Massachusetts.
Molly Center, the city’s liaison to the sustainability commission, said she contacted several cities served by Simple Recycling in Michigan, Ohio and Texas, and all gave positive feedback about the company’s services.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity for Elgin residents,” she said.
“It’s one more piece of the garbage pile that we can tackle. We’ve already made significant improvements on recycling, and this is a way for us to piggyback on those efforts.”
Textile waste in particular has grown exponentially in recent years,
with up to 85 percent of clothes ending up in landfills, Wilkins said, citing data from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Simple Recycling will pay the city 1 cent per pound of materials collected.
The average person throws away 68 pounds of clothing per year, so that would be at least $22,400 in revenue for Elgin, which has about 33,000 households, officials said.
It’s OK if clothes have holes and plates are chipped, although pristine items are preferred, said Sonny Wilkins, Simple Recycling’s vice president of municipal relations.
Wilkins said the service typically doesn’t undercut donation streams to such charities as Goodwill or the Salvation Army,
because people who make that effort either want the tax deduction or believe in the charity’s mission.