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Textile recycling takes off in public schools

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Less than a month after it started, the textile-recycling program at the Walpole public schools already has collected 2,325 pounds of materials, according to Walpole High teacher Karen Baumgartner. The project is run by the high school’s “green team,” a student group organized by Baumgartner about six years ago to encourage recycling and other green activities. The group, working with Bay State Textiles, placed textile-recycling bins at each Walpole school in mid-October, she said. Among the items that can be placed in the bins are clothing, stuffed animals, shoes, linens, and pocketbooks. “Our hope is to promote this worthwhile endeavor, and hopefully reach out to the elementary schools in order to help educate them about textile recycling, and why it is so important,” Baumgartner said in an e-mail.

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