Prairie Village set to pilot new home-pickup textile recycling program

The city has begun developing marketing materials for the new program, which is expected to launch April 1.
The city has begun developing marketing materials for the new program, which is expected to launch April 1.

Come this spring, Prairie Village residents wanting to donate used clothing, shoes and linens won’t have to do anything but set a donation bag outside their front doors.

The city council on Monday gave tacit approval to an agreement between the city and Team Thrift, a Lee’s Summit-based company that operates thrift stores primarily in Kansas City and St. Louis with a few locations in Colorado and Utah, that will allow for weekly door-to-door pick up of textile donations in the city.

Under the pilot program, a Team Thrift truck will visit Prairie Village neighborhoods on their designated trash day each week and pick up any bags of clothing, shoes and linens marked for donation. Prairie Village residents would need to mark the bags — with “PV” or “PV clothing donation,” for example — and set them on their porches or near their garages.

Team Thrift would then sort the collected materials and deliver them to a thrift store for sale or ship them to developing countries for donation. The company estimates that approximately 2 percent of Prairie Village households would participate in the program each week, for an average of 70 pounds of donations. The Prairie Village Municipal Foundation would receive a share of the revenue generated by the program, an estimated $50,000 to $70,000 per year.

The city would have no financial obligation in the arrangement, but would be responsible for promoting the program and answering questions about missed pick ups from residents.

The council must give final approval to the proposal at its next meeting, Feb. 17, to prepare for a program launch April 1. The pilot period would run through March 31, 2016.

It would be the first program of its kind in the metropolitan area.