For those New Yorkers who aren't Freecyclers, here's something neat I got from my local Freecycle group.
It is my understanding that even damaged goods are sold by Goodwill as rags and made into things like the stuffing of airplane seats. (I separate my damaged stuff, wash it, bag it, and mark the bag "clean rags"...)
Did you know that 5.7% of NYC's residential waste is textiles yet this material is 100% recyclable? If you can't find a home for your old clothing, shoes and household linens (bedding, towels, etc) on Freecycle, you can recycle them every Monday through August 27th at the Union Square Greenmarket!
Bring your textiles such as clothing, hats, coats, towels, bedding, jackets and shoes to the Greenmarket at 17th Street and Park Ave, Mondays between 8 AM - 6 PM. Materials will be used or recycled through Goodwill Industries, who will provide receipts upon request for those who wish to use their donation as a tax deductible contribution.
And Freecycle is great for even pure recycling. I've gotten rid of packing material, paper that was misfired through printers at the office, and an oddly shaped plant (among other things, including pieces of furniture): people come to your home or place of business and take it away.
I love Freecycle!