City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) is proposing curbside pickup of unwanted clothing for sale to companies that can then do something with it.
Textile collection, reuse, and recycling reduce solid waste and have significant environmental and economic benefits. There are private companies that pay municipalities for the value of textiles that are “upcycled” or reused.
For several years, so far unsuccessfully, O'Malley has also pushed curbside pickup of kitchen scraps that could be turned into compost.
The issue could come up at the City Council's regular meeting, which starts at noon in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.