Simple Recycling

Program ends in 2020
Residents are able to continue putting orange bags curbside on recycling day in 2019, but as of January 1, 2020, the service will no longer be offered curbside. Residents are encouraged to donate usable clothing and household items to local non-profits. 

Clothing, Shoes and Small Home Goods Recycling

simple recylcing truckThe City of Shorewood has partnered with Simple Recycling to provide convenient, curbside collection of unwanted clothing, shoes, and small home goods on residents' regularly scheduled recycling day. This new curbside recycling opportunity is free and completely voluntary for residents who receive city recycling collection services.

How does it work?

Make sure you've received the specialized, orange Simple Recycling collection bags. If you did not receive bags, or need additional bags, either order online at, or get some at city hall. Place clothing, shoes and home goods inside the bag and tie shut. All items must be in the orange bags for collection. Set the orange bag at your front curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling collection day. When collected, additional replacement bags will be left for you. Do not place the orange bags on top of or in your recycling cart!

What's accepted?

All types of clean and dry clothing, shoes, accessories, and small home goods in good working condition. Items must be placed in an orange bag for collection. A detailed list is provided below:

  • Men's, women's and children's clothing
  • Coats, jackets and hats
  • Jewelry, shoes and purses
  • Blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags
  • Curtains, drapes and tablecloths
  • Toys and backpacks
  • Pictures, picture frames and mirrors
  • Irons, toasters, hairdryers
  • Tools
  • Silverware, dishes, pots and pans

What happens to it?

All of the materials are graded and sorted regionally based on quality and condition. The top quality materials will be resold to regional thrift outlets, mid grade is exported to international markets and "unusable" items are processed for raw materials that are recycled as carpeting, insulation or absorbent material for spills.

Will I receive a donation receipt?

No, Simple Recycling is not a nonprofit organization. The city encourages residents to donate items to a local charities if they choose to, where they can receive a tax receipt.

Questions? Think your collection was missed?

Call the city at 952.960.7900, or email