Where in the Boston Area can I recycle textiles and shoes?

source: https://www.baystatetextiles.com/massachusetts-school-box-programs/

Bay State Textiles

Bay State Textiles collects used clothing via bins located in various school parking lots in the area, but also recycles textiles that are not fit for donation. According to the FAQ page of their website:

You can use this tool to find a location near you (though it doesn’t seem completely up to date and I recommend using the list below instead). Before you drop things off, check out what they do and what they don’t accept. (Hint: pillows, which many places won’t take, can be donated here.) If the bin is full, find another bin. They can’t take clothes wet from the rain, etc. as it can cause mold and mildew. For school listings, the bins are typically located in the school’s parking lot. Below are some locations in the Greater Boston Area:

Boston Neighborhoods

Dorchester

Up Academy Dorchester
Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School Lower
Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School Upper

Hyde Park

New Mission High School

Jamaica Plain

Joseph P. Manning Elementary School

Roslindale

Phineas Bates Elementary School
Mozart Elementary School

West Roxbury

Kilmer Lower School
Kilmer Upper School
Ohrenberger School

Outside of Boston

Arlington

Ottoson M.S.
Bracket School
Pierce School
Stratton School
Bishop School
Thompson School
DPW
Gibbs School
Dallin School

Braintree

Highlands Elementary School
South Middle School
Liberty Elementary School
Braintree School Administration Building
Braintree High School
Mary E Flaherty Elementary
Hollis Elementary School
Monatiquot School Kindergarten Center
Covanta Braintree Transfer Station
Archie T Morrison Elem School
East Middle School
All Souls Church
Meeting House Montessori
Donald E. Ross Elementary School

Cambridge

Albany St Garage

Dedham

Dedham Middle School
Riverdale
Avery
Oakdale
Greenlodge
Early Childhood Cntr

Lexington

Diamond Middle
Fiske
Harrington
Bowman
Bridge
Clarke
Hastings
Estabrook
Minuteman VoTech
Recycle Center
Hartwell Ave

Lowell

Bailey Elementary School
Greenhalge Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
McAuliffe Elementary School
McAvinnue Elementary School
Moody Elementary School
Morey Elementary School
Murkland Elementary School
Pawtucketville Elementary School
Reilly Elementary School
Shaughnessy Elementary School
Washington Elementary School
Rogers STEM Academy

Malden

Forestdale
Linden
Salemwood
Early Learning
M.H.S
Ferryway
Beebe

Medford

Medford H.S.
Brooks Elementary
Columbus
McGlynn Elementary
McGlynn M.S.
Andrews

Milton

Charles Pierce Middle School
Tucker Elementary School
Milton H.S.
Collicot School
Glover School
Milton Academy

Nahant

Johnson School

Quincy

Clifford H. Marshall Elementary School
Point Webster Middle School
Lincoln-Hancock Community School
Amelio Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center
South West Middle School
Bernazzani Elementary School
The DPW Yard
Wollaston Elementary School
Atlantic Middle School
Eastern Nazarene College
Montclair Elementary School
North Quincy High School
Francis W Parker Elementary School
Squantum Elementary School
Beechwood Knoll Elementary
Merrymount Elementary School
Broad Meadows Middle School
Snug Harbor Elementary School
Atherton Hough Elementary School
Quincy High School
Christ Church Episcopal

Salem

Salem H.S.
Bowditch/Horace
Mann
Saltonstall School
Bentley
Carlton
Bates
Witchcraft Heights
Collins M.S.

Wellesley

Dana Hall
Recycle Center
Autism Services

Woburn

Daniel L Joyce Middle School
Reeves Elementary School
Woburn Memorial High School
Shamrock Elementary School
Goodyear Elementary School
Malcolm White Elementary School
Kennedy Middle School
Altavesta Elementary School
Linscott-Rumford Elementary School
Hurld Wyman Elementary School

Second Chances

Second Chances is an organization local to Somerville. They collect donations for local shelters and organizations that distribute them to homeless and low-income people, and then recycle leftover textiles. According to their website:

Below is a list of locations for Second Chances bins. If you own a business in Somerville or Cambridge (or nearby) contact Second chances to become a donation bin host.

Arlington

Whole Foods Market, Arlington
808 Massachusetts Avenue | Arlington, Massachusetts | Map »
Donation bin is to the right of the electric car charging station in the parking lot.

Arlington Recycling Center
[The clothing donation bin has been moved outside the gates. Now you can donate any time.]
51 Grove Street | Arlington, Massachusetts | Map »
For Arlington residents only. Visit the Recycling Center website for information about recycling events and more.

Cambridge

Fresh Pond, Danehy Park parking lot, near the dog park
162 New Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts | Map »
Donation bin is in the parking lot on the left side, near the entrance.
Hours: Generally, the parking lot gates are open from dawn to dusk, every day.

Cambridge Crossing — for residents only
Inside One Leighton Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts | Map »
For Cambridge Crossing / North Point residents only. The concierge can show you to the loading dock area where the donation bin is located.

Somerville/Medford

TAB parking lot, West Somerville
169 Holland Street | Somerville, Massachusetts | Map »
Donation bin is near the exit, to the left of the attendant’s booth.

Tufts University Campus — for the Tufts community
101 Talbot Avenue | Medford, Massachusetts | Map »
Donation bin is in the driveway to the left of the office/house. This location is very close to the Medford/Somerville line.

Note: if you see Planet Aid bins in your neighborhood, please do not use those! They’ve sued the news organization Reveal for the reporting Reveal did on their organization’s corruption, and The American Institute of Philanthropy’s watchdog organization CharityWatch gives them an F rating.

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