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Housing Works and the Department of Sanitation Want To Pick Up Your Old Clothes

Driely S.

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Good news for anyone who's ever complained that Goodwill no longer picks up donations in New York City. re-fashionNYC, a partnership between the city's Sanitation Department and Housing Works, will pick up your old clothing, shoes, towels, linen, bedding, and even rags from your home or office for free, according to Brokelyn. All you have to do is sign up for a bin.

The city is hoping re-fashionNYC will cut down on the amount of clothing that residents throw out each year — 200,000 tons' worth, to be exact —  as part of its zero waste initiative. You can get a bin dropped off to your office or home (if your building has more than 10 units), so enlist your coworkers and neighbors to clean out their closets, too.

To get started, fill out this form on the Department of Sanitation's website, select the programs in which you would like to participate (in addition to re-fashionNYC, there are electronic and organic waste recycling programs), enter the contact info for your building's management company, and a few details about yourself. Your donation box should arrive in two weeks, and they'll take care of everything else. Tell them Racked sent you.