New textile Drop-off and Pickup In Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield announced its partnership with CMRK Inc., a leader in textile recycling, to launch a new initiative aimed at diverting textiles from the waste stream in observance of the textile waste ban in Massachusetts. 
This partnership brings two valuable services to the community: Textile Drop-off Boxes and a Free Curbside Pickup service.
"We are excited to collaborate with CMRK Inc. in our ongoing efforts to reduce textile waste and support sustainable practices in our community," said Ricardo Morales, Commissioner of Public Services & Utilities. "This program not only benefits our environment but also provides residents with convenient options to dispose of their unwanted textiles and household items responsibly."
CMRK Inc. has placed Textile Drop-off Boxes at three locations in the city:
  • Morningside School (parking lot), 100 Burbank Street
  • Berkshire Athenaeum (parking lot), 1 Wendell Avenue
  • Ralph J. Froio Senior Center (parking lot behind the building), 330 North Street
Residents can drop off their unwanted textiles in these designated boxes, which will be collected and processed by CMRK Inc. The following items are acceptable for Textile Drop-Off in a closedbag are:
  • All types, sizes, and styles of clothing (adult and children)
  • Household textiles (e.g. blankets, towels, curtains)
  • All shoes and sneakers
In addition to the drop-off boxes, CMRK Inc. is offering a Free Curbside Pickup service for Pittsfield residents. To participate, residents can schedule a pickup by visiting
The following items are acceptable for curbside pickup:
In a Bag:
  • All types, sizes, and styles of clothing (adults and children)
  • Household textiles (e.g. blankets, towels, curtains)
  • All shoes and sneakers
  • Accessories (e.g. purses, backpacks, belts, jewelry, hats, gloves, socks, and more)
In a Box:
  • Kitchen Accessories (e.g. pots, pans, dishes, microwave, and glasses)
  • Small decor items (e.g. vases, glasses, cups, dishes, picture frames, and paintings)
  • Small musical instruments
  • Books and DVDs
  • Bicycles
Make sure that boxed items do not exceed 50 pounds and have dimensions no greater than 4 feet in any direction.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit CMRK Inc.'s website at
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EforAll Showcase and Gala at Hot Plate Brewing Company

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All Berkshire County will celebrate the nine graduates of the 2023 Spring Accelerator Program and award nearly $7,000 in seed capital at their Showcase and Gala at Hot Plate Brewing Company on Thursday, June 8 at 5:30pm.
Entrepreneurship for All Berkshire County (EforAll) began its seventh Accelerator in February 2023 and will celebrate the nine businesses who have completed this intensive program. They spent 12 weeks learning from experts on a variety of topics about business. With the help of 27 volunteer mentors, the entrepreneurs have developed their plans to build and sustain their businesses. 
The ceremony will feature pitches from nine graduates, a speech presented by one of the graduating cohort members, and distribution of the $7,000 prize pool. Prior to the ceremony, the graduates have been invited to table and showcase their businesses as well as sell goods between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. The ceremony will begin at 6:30pm. 
The event will begin at 5:30pm on Thursday, June 8.
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