When we find a Saturday morning available for our purging efforts, we tend to take the path of least resistance with our excess stuff. Most of your neighbors will do the same thing. American curbs see billions of pounds of trash each year, and much of it, including appliances and mattresses, is recyclable. This compounds and leaves the landfills full of items that really belong elsewhere.
According to Rick LeBlanc with The Balance Small Business, clothing and textiles are to blame for over 15 million tons in waste each year. Of that 15 million, only 2.6 million is recycled.