Rags to riches

Instead of throwing away old clothes, shoes, and household linens, recycle them to raise money for Abington public schools and reduce landfill waste. Bay State Textiles of Pembroke, in partnership with Abington’s School Department and the Board of Health, has set up bins in schools for people to drop off clothes and textiles to recycle. The company will pay the schools $100 for every ton of material collected. Assistant Superintendent Felicia Moschella said the money raised will go to each school’s Parent Teacher Organization. Bay State Textiles started similar partnerships with the Weymouth and Quincy schools in the spring. From April through October, Weymouth schools collected over 45 tons of textiles, according to community relations liaison for Weymouth schools Betsy Harris. Abington residents can bring their items in a plastic bag to the bins, which are located at all of the public schools except Frolio Middle School. Carpets, mattresses, and anything wet or contaminated with hazardous waste won’t be accepted. For a full list of accepted items visit