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    Residents urged to recycle textiles

    Residents are turning their trash into money for the schools by donating textiles at recycling boxes placed at each school. In a mailing to homes, residents were told to think C-L-A-S-H: clothing, linens, accessories, shoes, and home. Among the items that people are encouraged to donate are jeans, comforters, purses, flip-flops, pillows, towels, hats, boots, and curtains. Items should be dry and not contaminated with hazardous materials, but can be frayed, torn, or faded. Board of Health chairman Robert Manning said several residents told him they were unaware that some of those items could be donated. Less textiles in the trash means less spent on trash disposal, plus $100 per ton for the school parent-teacher organizations, according to health officials. From the first pickup on Nov. 24, 2012, to this past Sept. 3, the program has collected 26,800 pounds of textiles generating $1,340 for the PTOs.