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GROTON — Clothes, curtains, shoes, stuffed animals, service. This past Saturday, a small group of volunteers braved the extreme cold as they worked diligently behind the Prescott School collecting textile donations dropped off by residents of the greater Groton area.

Led by Ian Peterson, a senior at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School who is running this drive in conjunction with the Groton Recycling Committee for his Eagle Project, this group of hearty and passionate high school seniors emptied cars and trucks stuffed to the brim with bags of unwanted textiles, engaged in robust conversation with residents on the importance of textile recycling and repurposing, and did their best to stay warm in Saturday morning’s windy and frigid conditions. So far, the drive has been a huge success, and with another collection day this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prescott School, Peterson has high hopes for the final results.

The textiles collected in the drive will be processed by Bay State Textiles, a company in Pembroke that specializes in textile recycling. They will grade and sort through the donations, exporting useable clothing, and cutting and shredding down damaged textiles to repurpose them into new items such as wiping cloths, carpet padding, insulation and building materials.

The purpose behind Ian’s Eagle Project is two-fold: to not only initiate and implement a textile drive in Groton, both at Prescott School as well as at the High School, but to raise awareness of the fact that, for about three years, there have been two textile collection bins at the Groton Transfer Station, but so many residents are unaware of their existence and thus they have received very little notice. Located at 600 Cow Pond Brook Rd., and open Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each week, the Groton Recycling Committee is committed to continuing the textile recycling/repurposing initiative at the Transfer Station, as they encourage more and more people to discover and utilize this viable alternative for the reuse of these textiles.

This Saturday will be the last day to donate at Prescott, but the collection bins at the Transfer Station will always be there to accept your unwanted yet reusable textiles. As a reminder, as long as the textiles are not wet, mildewed, or hazardous waste, they are accepted.