The City of Raleigh has partnered with Simple Recycling of Ohio to recycle textiles. The service is free to customers, but it is only being made available to single-family homes. Simple Recycling will begin by tying orange bags to customers’ curbside recycling bins. A Simple Recycling truck will pick up the bags on the same schedule as the city’s recycling truck, replacing any used orange bags. Additional bags may be mailed upon request. Items up for recycling must be clean and dry. Clothing, shoes, accessories, and even teddy bears will be accepted; but large items like furniture will not be. Top-quality donated goods will be sold to thrift stores, mid-grade items will be shipped to markets overseas, and everything else will be processed for raw materials. It is estimated 85% of unwanted textiles in the country end up in landfills, making up 5-7% of the total waste stream. Simple Recycling is a for-profit company, so persons wishing to support local causes and/or get a tax write-off are encouraged to continue their charitable contributions.