Text "pickup" to 757-70-FETCH
As the Township moves forward to become a more sustainable community, it is important to look at all types of waste that is discarded into landfills. One often overlooked items is used clothing. There is currently a market in which unwanted textiles can be repurposed and resold, which helps create less waste and puts money back into the community.
At the November 19th meeting, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution for the Township to participate in a 12-month pilot program with retrievr (formerly CURB MY CLUTTER), a company that works with residents to make recycling of clothing and electronics easily by requesting pick-up at their homes via text message.
Participation in this pilot program does not require any cost to the Township but will yield higher recycling tonnage, and, therefore, higher grant returns from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, as well as 10% revenue share from materials salvaged by the company.
retrievr is offered in 65,000 households in New Jersey and Pennsylvania conducting 12-month pilot programs where they offer a turnkey process including handling all customer service, curbside collection of clothing and electronics and community engagement to drive results.
After nine months, the Township will meet with retrievr to review and evaluate the results and determine the success of the pilot program and the value of continuing it beyond the initial 12-month term.
Easier Recycling for Everyone
retrievr enables haulers and municipalities to conveniently communicate with customers to collect and recycle clothing and electronics. The product images submitted by users enable retrievr to identify the highest value markets while avoiding the cost of holding inventory. retrievr has relationships with the largest and the most innovative markets for recycling, refurbishment, and resale.
The advantages for the residents of Tredyffrin include:
Recycling in the palm of your hand.
Text your name and address.
Send photos of clothing and electronic items to be recycled.
Confirm collection appointment.
No need to haul recycling to an event or other location.
Solving a Specific Waste Problem
The disposal of used clothing and electronics has become a major cost burden and environmental hazard.
Used electronics and apparel represent 10% of the waste stream.
Municipalities in the U.S. spend over $500m annually landfilling used electronics and apparel.
Improper disposal of used electronics is a major environmental hazard.
The used electronics and apparel currently landfilled is worth billions of dollars annually in the recycling and refurbishment market.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I cannot text?
You can simply call the “text” number assigned to your community and leave a voice mail message. A retrievr agent will contact you and register your collection over the phone.
If I can’t take pictures can I still schedule a collection?
You can still set up a collection without pictures. The value of being able to provide pictures make you eligible for valuable rewards.
Why do I need to take pictures of my items?
Having images of your items prior to collection enables us to optimize our collection routes and sorting post collection. That is how we reduce the cost to operate the program, enabling us to collect most items at no charge and offer you rewards for recycling.
Why do you ask me if I want retrievr to ring my doorbell?
Some items such as computers, phones, and tablets may contain confidential information. If you prefer to have those items collected at your door by a retrievr representative, then we will ring your doorbell to personally collect those items to assure that the data is wiped.
I am outside the current service area; how do I get retrievr in my community?
We’d be happy to help, but we need your help first. Please contact your municipal leaders and ask them to consider bringing retrievr to your community.
The Amazon gift card campaign has ended for 2019. We will be announcing a new program soon, we expect around the 1st of the year. There will be no rewards available for the rest of 2019.
Why does it matter if I recycle clothing?
It may be hard to believe but 85% of all clothing is currently sent to landfill at a major cost to taxpayers. It’s very important for our environment and our economy that these resources are not wasted by ending their life in a landfill or incinerator. retrievr is focused on finding new purposes for these products.
What happens to my recycled clothing?
A large percentage of used clothing continues to be worn either in the US or abroad. Some used clothing is remanufactured into new clothing or products such as specialty wipers (rags) for industry or insulation. Clothing has superior sound dampening properties and can be found in many cars today.
Will you take my towels and bedsheets?
Yes! Towels and bedsheets are acceptable items.
I'm moving. Can you accept my old rugs, carpets, furniture and mattresses?
These items are not accepted.
If I have bags of clothing, what should I take pictures of?
Please Take A Picture of any item that is new or like new, women’s or men's business suits or sport coats, outdoor apparel (such as Patagonia, North Face, Columbia Sportswear), dress shirts, winter coats, jackets, sweaters, jeans, and sneakers. Items such as t-shirts, socks, underwear, sheets and towels should go in the bag without a picture.
Can I get a tax write off for items collected by retrievr?
retrievr is a service provided by your municipality and is not eligible for tax deductions.
Why do I need to recycle my electronics?
In many states, it’s the law! In some states, electronics are prohibited from being disposed in a landfill or incinerator. Electronics can include desktop or personal computers, tablets, computer monitors, desktop printers, desktop fax machines, or televisions.
What are acceptable electronics?
Desktop or personal computers, tablets, computer monitors, printers, fax machines, televisions, cell phones, audio and video equipment, gaming consoles, scanners, hard drives, keyboards, mice, pc speakers, VCR, DVD, blue ray, laser disk and CD players, mp3 players, iPods, and portable radios.
Will you take my refrigerator, stove, air conditioner or dehumidifier?
Sorry, these items are not acceptable for collection by retrievr.
What happens to my electronics?
Used electronics can be de-manufactured and sold for parts or scrap. Some electronics can be re-conditioned and sold.
What are the fees?
Standard television and CRT monitor - $35 per unit.
Rear projection television, extra-large CRT television, or wood cabinet television - $100 per unit
Why is there a fee for some TVs and Monitors?
Some TVs and monitors are a challenge to recycle when they contain a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT). These devices contain hazardous materials and disposal is extremely expensive. We must charge a convenience fee for their collection.
How do I pay for my TVs?
retrievr has a secure account with Square to process credit card payments. After you schedule your collection, you will be sent a link to pay for your CRT TV or computer monitor in advance. Your card will only be charged after the collection is complete.
Why is my rear projection TV or wooden cabinet TV more expensive to recycle than a standard size TV?
Their size and weight make them harder to handle.
What happens to the information I provide to retrievr?
Customer privacy is important to us. We have our Privacy Statement available at https://retrievr.com/.
My computers have personal information on them, how do I know they will be handled properly?
retrievr only uses responsible vendors who destroy personal information prior to scrapping or repurposing any device. Our professional staff controls the devices until they are securely delivered to certified electronics recycling companies.
If you have more questions about this pilot program between the Township and retrievr, you may contact Tredyffrin Township Recycling Coordinator Amanda Lafty at 610-408-3602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.