IMPORTANT NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATES: ALL RNJ BIN LOCATIONS NOW RE-OPENED!
Drop-offs are now resuming at all of our clothing donation drop-off bins in Edison & Woodbridge Townships, including at public libraries and community centers in the towns. Locations that were previously closed are now ready again to be used for clothing donations.
***Please continue to help keep our program clean and sanitary by: bagging loose clothing before placing in the bin, donating only DRY and NON-MOLDY clothing, and not leaving any items outside of the bins.***
Curbside Pickup Update
We had an overwhelming response to our curbside pickup service during the early days of the pandemic. We have not yet been able to schedule everyone in the request queue for this service, and we ask that any new requests for pickup instead select one of our now-opened convenient drop-off locations to bring their donation, if you can. We would like to keep the curbside request line open for those of advanced age or with disabilities who need the service the most. Pickups currently offered in the Edison-Woodbridge area only. Thank you!
A Special Thank You & New Initiatives to Support Food Pantries
Thank you to all of our supporters who kept the Re-Purpose NJ program going through the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to donate your unwanted clothing and shoes. In addition to supporting the 501(C)(3) non-profit Edison Wetlands Association's program work, RNJ will now also donate a portion of funding to the Hands of Hope Food Pantry in Edison and "We-Feed Woodbridge" in Woodbridge to help families struggling during the pandemic and economic crisis.
RNJ now also accepts car donations! Please click here for information on donating, or call us to learn more.
Re-Purpose NJ (RNJ) is New Jersey's premier textile recycler, keeping over one million pounds of clothing, shoes, and other consumer goods out of landfills each year. RNJ saves taxpayers and communities through state recycling grants and tax-deductible receipts, and offers curbside pickup for seniors, the handicapped, and large textile donations.
We are constantly innovating our model to find new ways to reach the goal of a sustainable shared future. Currently we are working to provide resources to wealth-challenged families as well as those impacted by natural disasters and humanitarian crises. The RNJ program also funds environmental cleanup and conservation projects throughout New Jersey and beyond. Our award-winning environmental ed programs re-connect youth to the environment, particularly in heavily developed urban areas where access to nature is lacking.
Please explore our website to learn more
Click to read about RNJ's role in establishing central-Jersey's newest dog park!
Alligator snapping turtle found during EWA's eco-tour of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area.
Find a Donation Bin Near You
Re-Purpose New Jersey (RNJ) has textile recycling bin locations in central New Jersey, and our highly successful program is looking for additional partners.
Please use our locater tool to find textile bins near you by entering your address into the search bar.
If you don't have a textile recycling bin location near you, and would like to help us start an RNJ textile recycling program in your town, please click HERE to learn how.
Look for our green RNJ textile recycling bins. Our interactive stickers provide more information about our many programs in NJ and beyond!
Frequently Asked Questions
What do we accept?
Scarves, gloves & hats
1. What is the Re-Purpose NJ (RNJ) textile recycling program?
RNJ is the only textile (clothing) program solely owned and operated by a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. We provide no-cost services to municipalities, libraries, businesses, schools and government agencies.
Our partners include the USEPA, Woodbridge and Edison school systems, and green business leaders. Recycling and re-purposing textiles is good for the environment and saves millions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars, while providing tax incentives and grants to municipalities who use our charity's program.
2. Is there any cost for the program?
No cost - in fact, just the opposite. Your municipality, school, library, business, or agency will benefit by receiving a tax-deductible receipt for space utilized or textiles donated. RNJ currently recycles textiles for over 250,000 people, and provides vital services to New Jersey and beyond.
3. Do textiles really cost our taxpayers millions of dollars?
On average, textiles constitute over 9% of all landfill or incinerator usage. With waste disposal costs at $60 or more per ton, this translates to immediate savings! RNJ benefits the environment and makes our world sustainable for future generations, and tax-deductible receipts for each textile donation further incentivizes the program.
4. What are the benefits of partnering with RNJ?
RNJ provides a tax-deductible receipt for any space or textiles donated. All municipalities get state recycling grants for every pound of textiles donated as well as audited annual recycling tonnage reports.
5. Does RNJ only accept textiles?
NO - while our textile recycling bins only accept textiles, RNJ has a variety of programs to donate your car, boat, jewelry, collectibles, or estate. We also provide home buyers/sellers and their realtors with no-cost clean-out services to de-clutter a home before an open house/sale. Please email us to learn about our other donation options.
6. Who services the RNJ textile recycling bins?
The non-profit Edison Wetlands Association's (EWA) Re-Purpose New Jersey pays all program costs. We have successfully provided these services for over a decade with dedicated professionals who provide superior service 24/7.
7. How do I get a tax-deductible receipt?
Please see our "Contact/Receipts"tab for more information.
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RNJ helps protect and preserve open space throughout New Jersey and beyond, such as the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area pictured above. CLICK HERE to learn about our work.
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