Simple Recycling has suspended its bagged clothing collection efforts. The Salvation Army is just one place residents can drop off clothes during the holidays.

Simple Recycling has suspended its bagged clothing collection efforts. The Salvation Army is just one place residents can drop off clothes during the holidays.

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Simple Recycling suspends bagged clothing collection services

By: Zachary Manning | C&G Newspapers | Published December 8, 2020

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OAKLAND COUNTY — The Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County has been informed by Simple Recycling that they will be suspending their bagged clothing collection services due to health, safety and business concerns related to COVID-19.

It will affect all nine of the communities RRRASOC serves, which includes Farmington, Farmington Hills, Milford, Milford Township, Novi, South Lyon, Southfield, Walled Lake and Wixom.

The suspension went into effect Nov. 23, and there isn’t currently a timetable for a return. Regular recycling of cans, newspapers and other items will continue as usual.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected our industry as a whole,” Simple Recycling VP of Municipal Relations Sonny Wilkins said. “Some of the effects of the pandemic from a business standpoint took some time to develop, and so we have had to adapt and be flexible in our efforts to weather through these times.”

Despite the bagged clothing effort being halted by Simple Recycling, RRRASOC is encouraging people to still get out and find ways to continue to donate.

RRRASOC officials said people can look to donation centers, thrift stores and other local places to donate their reusable items.

RRRASOC General Manager Michael Csapo said it’s critical during a time like this for people to continue donating, as many have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s very important,” Csapo said of continuing to donate. “We encourage people to continue to check with the charity of their choice or their church or other resources in the community to find out what those needs are.”

RRRASOC has a comprehensive list of places to donate gently used items on its website. Encore Upscale Retail and The Salvation Army are just a couple donation drop-off centers in Southfield that people can use.

For a full list of places accepting donations around Oakland County, visit www.rrrasoc.org/    recycling/reuse-repurpose.

Csapo said people can stay up to date on the return of these services by checking their local city website, following RRRASOC on social media and signing up for their newsletter.

“It’s just to keep people safe and to minimize exposure to each other and to materials that might be collected,” Csapo said. “Also, the diminished ability to move those materials through the supply chain has caused the company, Simple Recycling, to temporarily suspend the collection of those materials.

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