Recycling proponents are launching a campaign to keep clothes and textiles out of the Central Landfill.
The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp., which operates the landfill, is pairing up on the effort with groups that own some 900 clothing donation bins around the state.
Officials are trying to divert unwanted clothing and textiles from the landfill to the bins, which are operated by groups including the Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Goodwill.
The director of recycling services for Resource Recovery says there is a market overseas for the textiles. They can be remade into new clothing or shredded into fiber and used in carpet padding or soundproofing.
Officials say the landfill could be full in 25 years if the pace of dumping isn't slowed.